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This One Brand Defined Street Style in 2019

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To the untrained eye, there is nothing particularly remarkable about Bottega Veneta. Its designs are softly spoken and unobtrusive in comparison to the din of more extroverted, logo-clad brands such as Gucci and Balenciaga, yet its quiet luxury has captured the imagination of the fashion crowd in a way that few other brands have managed. In the span of one year, this heritage Italian brand has become both the hottest name to know and the new uniform of the industry’s supremely polished army.

Things changed for the brand after Daniel Lee was appointed creative director in 2018. The response to his first collection was monumental and the brand was quickly catapulted into the spotlight, with retailers struggling to keep up with demand. His premium approach to minimalism has been widely embraced by industry folk and the public alike, which is no mean feat considering Bottega’s clutch bags come with a four-figure price tag.

The numbers don’t lie: According to fashion analysis platform Lyst, the brand’s padded sandals are officially the hottest women’s shoes in the world right now, being responsible for over 27,000 online searches a month last quarter. Meanwhile, searches for Bottega Veneta shoes in general spiked 156% during September’s spring/summer 2020 fashion shows. Also, let’s not forget the four nominations and subsequent awards Lee has received for the 2019 Fashion Awards, including accessory designer of the year and overall brand of the year. In an age of fast fashion and style clickbait, this is seriously impressive.

So what’s the appeal? We can’t ignore the fact that the brand’s star has risen alongside 2019’s minimalist renaissance, but unlike some of the more austere offerings, Bottega always manages to add a detail here or a colourway there to hold our interest and separate itself from the crowd. It’s this combination of classic yet current, luxurious yet accessible that makes its appeal so potent. “Daniel Lee has brought a fresh perspective and sense of modernity to the house,” explains Cassie Smart, Head of Womenswear Buying at MATCHESFASHION.com. “His reinterpretation of classic design elements is exciting for new customers in addition to the longstanding fans of the brands.”

Add to this the fact that people are becoming increasingly mindful of their consumption, meaning that suddenly those transient, OTT designer buys are looking a little less appealing. Instead, fashion lovers are looking for quality, longevity and a sense of exclusivity, something that some designer brands have arguably lost in recent years.

No place was this style phenomenon more evident than on the pavements of fashion week. Not only was every other person clutching one of Bottega’s oversized leather totes, but there were countless showgoers who clad themselves head-to-toe in the brand: Leather shorts with a skinny-knit top and a quilted coat with colour-pop boots. It was a proper Bottega lovefest. We scoured the street style and found too many Bottega street style shots to include in this article, but these are some of our favourites. Scroll down to see how the style set championed the brand of the year…

Our Favourite Bottega Outfits

Style Notes: Lisa Aiken is a big fan of Bottega’s paired-back aesthetic, and here she champions the brand’s iconic woven clutch and padded coat.

Style Notes: Bottega’s choker-detail long-sleeved top looks the part with a leather skirt and the brand’s quilted shoes.

PHOTO: @TAMUMCPHERSON

Style Notes: Believe it or not, not all Bottega buys come in black, white or cream. Tamu McPherson dons a pair of colour-pop boots with her rust-coloured slip.

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DRAKE SITS DOWN WITH RAP RADAR FOR 2 HOUR LONG INTERVIEW [WATCH]

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Drake doesn’t do too many interviews so a 2 hour long chat done at his own home? Yes, this is certainly a Christmas gift for some fans.

Today, Drizzy shared an extensive sit down with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller where he discussed almost everything a fan wants to know. He spoke about his evolution as an artist, relationship with Lil Wayne and Rihanna, beef with Pusha T, and much more.

Regarding Pusha, Drake said he has no plans to mend the  relationship with his rival. “He’s just made an entire career off of it,” Drake said when speaking of Pusha. “Some people like his music, I personally don’t ’cause I don’t believe any of it. And I like to listen to guys I believe.” The Toronto superstar continued, “You just get to peak behind the curtain too. When I was whatever, 16, thinking that he was the biggest dope dealer in the world serving bricks to all, every corner of America, yeah sure. I was… a fan obviously more so just a fan of Pharrell and the Neptunes. I always wanted to be signed to Star Trak and stuff like that, that was the wave. Now that I’m grown-up, and I know him and the truth, it’s just not as appealing.”

Regarding Rihanna, he says all is well between them and spoke about reuniting with Chris Brown. “That person that was in the middle of us is no longer a part of either of our lives currently and I have the most utmost love and respect for her.” Watch the two hour conversation below via YouTube or TIDAL.

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Young Thug Shines With ‘Diamonds’ Off ‘So Much Fun’ Deluxe Editon

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Young Thug gave fans an early Christmas present this week with the deluxe edition of So Much Fun starring the Pierre Bourne-produced track “Diamonds” featuring Gunna.

Quotable Lyrics

Told her to put my dope in her crotch, she was ready
Smokin’ weed on Fairfax, at No Name eatin’ spaghetti
My lil’ dawg, bust your brain, keep him with me
Adderall, Mary Jane keepin’ me geeked

– Gunna

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Boeing CEO Pushed Out Amid 737 Max Crisis

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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg is leaving the company a little more than one year after the first of two fatal crashes involving the company’s 737 Max aircraft, the company announced Monday. Boeing says Muilenburg resigned in its press release, though it also says that the board of directors “decided that a change in leadership was necessary.” The New York Times reports that he was fired.

Muilenburg will be replaced by David L. Calhoun, who currently serves as the chairman of Boeing’s board of directors. Calhoun will also become the company’s president and will retain his chairman post. There will be a “brief transition period” while Calhoun “exits his non-Boeing commitments,” during which the company’s chief financial officer Greg Smith will serve as interim CEO. (Calhoun is currently the head of the private equity arm of major financial firm Blackstone, and spent nearly three decades at General Electric, where ran the conglomerate’s transportation and aircraft engine businesses.) Muilenburg will also lose his board seat.

“[Boeing’s] Board of Directors decided that a change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the Company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders,” the company wrote in a statement about the leadership changes.

Boeing has faced great scrutiny after two 737 Max aircraft crashed in the five months (one in October 2018 and another in March 2019), which took the lives of 346 people. The crashes were related to a piece of anti-stall software that Boeing had covertly installed on the planes. Boeing did not properly disclose the software to customers or pilots in an effort to reduce the amount of money and time required for re-training, all as the company tried to keep up with a new aircraft from rival Airbus. The 737 Max has been grounded worldwide since the March crash, and Boeing announced last week that it is indefinitely halting production of the aircraft starting in January.

Muilenburg spent much of 2019 trying to reassure the public of the 737 Max’s safety, while promising shareholders and industry partners that the plane would be back in the air by the end of the year — causing US airlines like Southwest, American, and United to repeatedly revise their predictions for when they’d be able to reintroduce the 737 Max to their respective fleets. But the Federal Aviation Administration has been methodical with the plane’s re-certification, and has even found new safety issues during that process. The agency now isn’t expected to lift the flight ban until February at the earliest.

At multiple points in the last few months — including a New York Times conference in November and congressional hearings in October — Muilenburg said he considered stepping down. But he stuck to the the claim that, since it “happened on [his] watch.” he felt obligated and responsible to “stay on it, work with the team to fix it, to see it through.” Muilenburg said he wanted to remain CEO “as long as the board allows,” despite multiple calls for his resignation.

Things got more complicated for Muilenburg in the last few days as Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft — which is designed to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station — suffered a major setback during an uncrewed test launch last week. While the spacecraft safely launched and landed, the automated system that was supposed to place it in the correct orbit suffered a glitch, ruining a planned rendezvous with the ISS.

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