When Phoebe Philo left Celine in December 2017, her devout followers were no doubt devastated. However, as every savvy marketer knows, it was also a move that left a market space open for pieces which adhered to her signature minimalism and sense of restraint.
In steps Daniel Lee, former protégé of Phoebe Philo. The designer previous was a director at (old) Céline, managing the brand's ready-to-wear collection, before he took to the helm of Bottega Veneta in June 2018.
Today, at the head of the Italian company the 32-year-old has won over his predecessor’s fans with a new vision of modernity, all with a hint, of course, of minimalism.
A thousand leagues from Hedi Slimane’s rock and seventies creations, Daniel Lee offers Bottega Veneta simple accessories, always with fashion quirks that pleases Philo addicts.
His creations have become so iconic in just a few months, that an Instagram account is dedicated to him ( @newbottega, which is arguably not dissimilar to the @oldceline account). So, is the new Bottega Veneta the old Céline? Answer for yourself, with some of the hottest accessories from the Italian company at the moment below.
The fishnet pumps
The heel flip flops
The Pouch Bag
Mules with square ends