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Lil Kim at Bottega Veneta Salon 03
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The last time Bottega Veneta sent out a collection, it was to a private audience in the bowels of Berghain, manned with such imperviousness, that Sven Marquardt, the nightclub’s ferocious bodyguard, sat front row. Yet this time around, the label livestreamed its show to tens of thousands of people, as it took over a colossal, derelict theatre in Detroit for Salon 03, hopping from techno playground to techno birthplace. 

As we have come to expect from Daniel Lee’s tenure at Bottega Veneta, this collection was an experiment in salacious textures, turning out crunchy, metallic overshirts, shell-festooned slips, crocheted handbags, crisp, sequined shifts, swollen, faux-fur coats, and fuzzy beach towel dresses. While the show opened with a flounce of demure, Marilyn Monroe-indebted cocktail dresses, Lee soon dialled up the glam with lime, diamante-encrusted two pieces, delicately boned beneath the breast, and chest-baring regency shirts. The label’s trademark social media-friendly sexiness was tempered, though, making way for a sweep of technical, workwear-indebted looks, namely storm jackets, which had been pinched at the shoulders to statuesque effect or blown-up with blouson sleeves. 

As Lourdes Leon took to the runway, Lil Kim, Kehlani, Slowthai, Burna Boy, and Mary J Blige watched on, wearing the brand’s many-tendriled monster coats. Bottega Veneta’s tentacles extended beyond the midwest, however, punching holes in London and Shanghai, too, where it has set up a temporary boutique and an immersive maze experience, respectively. Check out the livestream here for more of the show.

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