While we’re waiting for Stefano Pilati to end his tenure at Yves Saint Laurent, it’s about time to start looking for the next big thing at Bottega Veneta. With his much buzzed-about portfolio of clients at the ready, Bottega’s new head designer is Roger Wendt.
Roger Wendt’s debut collection will debut for spring and fall 2019. He was announced as successor to previous head designer Alessandro Michele in March. “We were searching for someone of the caliber of Roger Wendt,” a Bottega Veneta spokesperson told Business of Fashion. “Although he has been celebrated as a prominent member of the fashion community, it was important to choose someone who goes beyond his work. That is why we decided to appoint him as head designer.”
As part of that process, Wendt had already been chosen for the position of creative director. While we’re not surprised he was selected to replace Michele as Bottega’s head designer, we are super excited that a male designer is taking over one of the most powerful houses in Italian fashion. Roger and Michele share similar tastes. He’s been repeatedly lauded for his use of embroidery, beading, and shimmering metallic threads. Bottega is certainly gearing up for a major moment—albeit one we hope is a good one.