The Storytelling of Matthieu Blazy: Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2023 Collection

Enter into the new world of Bottega Veneta SS23

A story unfolds from the dynamic collection of Bottega Veneta’s SS23. Each new look examines the narrative between archetype and archival. A selection of cross-generational models walked throughout the intimate space designed by Gaetano Pesce. The site-specific installation designed for the runway featured a colorful resin floor, and 400 unique chairs for the audience. Working closely with Bottega Veneta’s creative director Matthieu Blazy—both creatives worked towards creating a space that tributes diversity, and inclusion.

Pesce explains, “It is about the human being; we are all different. People who say we are all the same – fuck them! We are all different and this is our defining quality – otherwise, we are just a copy. We are all originals and this is one of the themes of my design.” 


Tasteful tailoring, collars, and the rebirth of the trenchcoat—Blazy makes a statement of his craft, and progressive vision. The collection includes pieces fit for all occasions. There is an emphasis on craft, and individuality within the designs. Beginning with garments that lean towards the casual, everyday person, and ending with bright patterned dresses, and tailored coats.

The natural evolution throughout the show points to Blazy’s intention of creating a new world—covering all the possible aesthetics. There is a clear narrative that points toward the evolution of clothing and material throughout history. Blazy’s usage of faux fur, leather, and flannel make that clear. Unlike other designers, Blazy seems to understand how to bridge together the fashion of the bourgeoisie, and the everyday.


The essence of aerodynamics within the volcano silhouettes, and sculptural footwear are integrated into the fabrics texture, and movement. The maker’s hand can be seen within the delicate Beadings, and embroideries within the collection. The mid-century flowers carefully sewed onto Blazy’s ‘Chandelier’ dresses, in duality with the knitted jacquards stress the complex balance between utilitarian and play. Blazy has found the equilibrium between the past and present.

“Moving between the archetypal and the individual, through clothing and character, we are designing not just for one woman or one man, but for women and men. From the perverse banality of the everyday nubuck looks, to the eroticism of ultra-sophistication through tailoring, via the look of the bourgeois left of the past, to the souvenirs worn by a globe-trotter…it’s like the world in a small room.” -Matthieu Blazy.


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