“Matthieu Blazy is an extraordinarily talented individual, whom I am proud and excited to entrust with the creative helm of our luxury house,” Leo Rongone, chief executive officer of Bottega Veneta, says in a statement. The report adds, “Bottega Veneta has always been equated with signature craftsmanship and distinctive creativity. Matthieu’s appointment will further enhance the modern relevance of our brand and accelerate our growth, while preserving the values that are at the core of Bottega Veneta.”
As expected, the 37-year old’s credentials are nothing short of astonishing. Upon graduating from La Cambre in Brussels, he kicked off his career as the menswear designer at Raf Simons. Following Blazy’s stint at the Belgian-based brand, he went to Maison Martin Margiela where he designed the ‘Artisanal’ line. In 2014, the Paris native was appointed Senior Designer at Céline (recruited by Phoebe Philo, nonetheless). And before arriving at BV, Bazy worked alongside Simons once again at Calvin Klein from 2016 to 2019.
However, social media has also been quick to point out the lack of diversity in Bottega’s new creative head honcho, with many comments on Instagram pointing out the need for more women and people of color to hold leadership positions in fashion. “So much black talent and you all keep choosing a different white guy. Fashion keeps screwing up attempts when it comes to inclusion ,” wrote one user.
There’s no denying Blazy’s talent or experience, though. His first collection as creative director will debut in February 2022. Until then, shop the pieces from Daniel Lee before they’re gone (which will certainly be fast).