Motor City

Bottega Veneta SS22: a Detroit celebration of the city’s techno and technological innovation
By Bailey Slater | Fashion | 26 October 2021

Daniel Lee’s tenure at Bottega Veneta has been defined by a tendency to avoid the norm, and, of late, the same country. Ever since he dipped out of seasonal shows, Lee has taken the Italian luxury house on a world tour of sorts, ticking off locations like London and Berlin in eager succession for the house’s Salon series.

This season sees the brand settle into Detroit, the birthplace of techno, Diana Ross and Iggy Pop. With the city itself being steeped in such a flurry of musical history, it’s only fitting that the likes of Slowthai, Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige all made appearances on the f-row – Blige, in particular, sporting one of the labels’ layered ox-blood faux-furs. 

Lee’s ode to dance music and America’s industrial heartland included sonic contributions from Moodymann and Carl Craig, as well as an array of glitzy going out gear that fused Monroe-like halternecks with major sportswear staples. We’re talking gold sequin tennis dresses with stretchy waistbands, luscious fur coats for our careless yet tenacious winter clubbers, and slinky double zipped tracksuits in smooth pebble greys. Colour appeared in fleeting glances, from mustard yellow bootlaces to the interlacing straps of some cyan blue heels, before exploding tenfold into lime green two-piece suits and flowing duster coats. 

Lee cited techno as being the sound of his adolescent, and post-show guests were invited to Detroit’s Magic Stick venue for an afterparty soundtracked by Craig Carl for a slice of that 4/4 euphoria.

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