Our very own Liz Uy is proof: Looks like it's going to be Daniel Lee's year. In case you don't know who that is, he's Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta's young, newly-appointed creative director—the man behind the languidly slouchy, Intrecciatio leather-woven clutch Pouch and, of course, those cool, exaggeratedly square-toe mesh pumps every relevant 'gram girl now owns.
The fanfare surrounding him has a history to trace, too. We love a guy with a past. Daniel was previously Director of Ready-to-Wear at Céline under none other than the celebrated Phoebe Philo. It certainly isn't news that her departure from the French brand after a decade at its helm remains widely mourned; Phoebe, after all, left quite the legacy. It makes perfect sense that one of her proteges swiftly stole the limelight via the quiet, supple luxury of Bottega's Spring-Summer 2019 collection.
Quiet is an understatement, in fact. Up until a week before Daniel’s debut Bottega presentation at Milan Fashion Week just last February 22, the label's old posts were archived and its Instagram feed was completely blank, free from teaser campaign images and the usual making-of snippets.
So this is minimalism in 2019. It's BV's sleek take on statements and the seamless melding of token Milanese glamour with near-total silence—the intricate craftsmanship of a chocolate-hued, calfskin-paneled a-line skirt, an exquisite quilted sling devoid of even the smallest-font logo, a simple thong stiletto in vibrant aquamarine. It's set apart, Bottega at a glance, but tastefully hushed.
That said, Liz Uy volunteers to demonstrate how fun and taciturn can exist in the same outfit, be it through a peekaboo party as you whirl around in an otherwise modest knit frock or with a sunny slap of tangerine to pair with tonal beige. You choose.