The Bottega Veneta residency is a virtual respite we need right now


The Bottega Veneta residency is the virtual respite we need right now

Bid adieu to your weekend woes

By ELLE team  April 1st, 2020

If there’s a designer who has taken fashion by storm, it’s Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee. The designer, who has previously worked with Phoebe Philo, has launched an exciting project called Bottega Veneta Residency—a virtual haven of sorts that will provide a creative escape from the uncertain and isolated times ahead. Each day you will be greeted with a range of interactive experiences, which will be curated by a Bottega Veneta muse or collaborator.

So you can now give Netlfix a break and tune in to the debut video hosted by Lee himself. Lee introduces the viewers to iconic British artist David Hockney’s vivid, vibrant work—and explains why it has inspired him over time. The virtual attendees also get the opportunity to know Lee’s favourite writer Charles Bukowski. The residency also provides a global guide to the best virtual experiences, from musical events to fantastic recipes from renowned chefs.

Think of the residency as a cultural melting pot. You can see videos featuring exciting personalities like Laila Gohar, an artist who designs large installations with food. Plus, the brand also streamed the documentary called Zandra Rhodes. Directed by Peter Greenaway, this biographical short film provides a snapshot into the life and work of one of the most exciting fashion designers of the eighties, Zandra Rhodes. The film was available on the Bottega Veneta’s YouTube channel for 24-hours.

Another artist you can get to know a little better is London-based photographer and filmmaker Tyler Lebon. Lebon’s candid, sun-soaked images are extremely evocative and have captivated designers like Phoebe Philo in the past. With all the content that has been shared, there’s one thing we can say for sure—the residency should not be not to be missed by anyone. So make the most of this time and get to know some of the coolest collaborators that Lee has worked with. After all, they will be as ingenious as the designer himself.