Midnight Bodega Run
Creative Direction: Dané Stojanovic
Photography: Paul Morel
Fashion Direction: Anna Castan
Hair: Jean Luc Amarin
Grooming: Ricky Morandin
Model: Vitor Andrade / IMG Milan
Words: Benjamen Judd
There’s a reason why many of us have a hidden kink for uniforms. It comes down to the freedom that comes from submitting to discipline and control. This might sound contradictory, but ask anyone in the BDSM community what that means and you’ll soon understand how both co-exist.
Before he exited Bottega Veneta, it’s also how Daniel Lee’s vision for a post-COVID menswear rolled out. Lee plays with a delightful tension between the comfort and the luxury of relaxed fits and utilitarian details. But exaggerated to the point of surrealness, as only Bottega Veneta knows how to do.
While lockdown meant much of what we wore was purely functional making comfort a top priority, Bottega Veneta invites us back into the world before the pandemic with a wardrobe that creates a sartorial diversion. Make it wearable, with just the right hint of whimsical aberration. Exaggeration is key – size and silhouette become tools to play with. Pants remain streamlined with a sharp tailored finish while top layers explore volume.
Chunky nautical knits are oversized at the neck while coats cinch in at the waist to tighten the silhouette. Zipper fronted trousers, instead of traditional pleats, contrast to the softer drape of shearling coats. The details are playful below their initial sternness, a hint of raw sensuality. And Lee is clearly having fun with this juxtaposition. Is there a hint of a fetish scene in the austere cuts of leather trousers and matching coats? Maybe. But, as we’ve learnt, clothing is as much a sexual statement as it is a uniform.
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