Perhaps one of the last traditional pre-pandemic fashion shows to go ahead, the Bottega Veneta Fall/ Winter 2020 collection, first shown during Milan Fashion Week in February, leaned hard into the tension between the old and the new; finding a refreshing new aesthetic integrating sustainable materials in the rift between what’s expected of luxury houses and what design’s new frontier is capable of.
The FW20 pieces – tailored suiting stretched and elongated over the body and punctured with streaks of lime and fuchsia around wide collars – found a charming dissonance between traditional craftsmanship and innovative design that was engaging, surprising, and steeped in luxury
However, amid the clingy-yet-stretchy turtlenecks, triangle-clasped coats, and delicate knit shirting was an outlier: an ultra-lightweight, pull-on, waterproof rubber boot that had the international press and menswear buyers gagged.
Perhaps, in hindsight, with creatives flocking their inner city hubs to live in the countryside and continue working remotely, the idea of a high-fashion farmer’s Wellington boot isn’t so farfetched after all.
The rubber ankle boots – moulded like a Chelsea boot that you could wear at the beach – are made in part with biodegradable polymer, a sustainable material which will, eventually, break down into bacterial decomposition. The arriving colorways; fondente, rubber band, kiwi, and lollipop caters to those seeking something understated to round off with some cargo pants, or underneath a pair of jeans, but also to the inner fashion-sphere looking for a bright pop of fuchsia to post on the grid. It’s a boot you can take hiking and then wipe dry before going out for dinner.
Maya Salinas, Amber Wynne-Jones, Shalom Foster, Siyon Foster