Rock and roll

- We’re in the right gear for living life in the fast lane

After endless months in lockdown, it’s safe to say that when we do finally re-emerge, we’ll be keen to wear pieces that don’t slow us down, but instead encourage us, metaphoric­ally speaking, to hotfoot it to better days. At the pre-a/w21 collection­s, a host of Bottega Veneta’s footwear offerings conveyed this mile-a-minute message with a glamorous gait, from practical wellies in glittering rubber to chunky clogs with tyre track soles. But none did it more so than the Italian brand’s ready-to-race roller skates.

Creative director Daniel Lee was fascinated by the concept of banal clothing items, and the act of transformi­ng them into performati­ve pieces using exuberant materials – cue dressing gown coats in eyecatchin­g bottle-green faux fur, jeans festooned with feathers, and denim jackets shimmering with metal studs. He applied the same sensibilit­y to a pair of high-top trainers (pictured here in cobalt, but also available in grass, peachy and sea salt), which boast a speedy set of wheels. These are not just for the roller disco, but for day-to-night activities that require accelerate­d self-expression.

Fancy bypassing public transport and whizzing past those walking? Then we suggest you get your skates on. With optimism on the agenda, you need to ride off into the sunset in supersonic style.

 ??  ?? ‘Quilt’ roller skates in cobalt, £1,565, by
Bottega Veneta
‘Quilt’ roller skates in cobalt, £1,565, by Bottega Veneta

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