The new Lyst Index for Q3 shows that Daniel Lee’s appointment at Bottega Veneta was an inspired move for Kering with the label entering the hottest brands list for the first time, climbing 21 places in the ranking.
Despite disruption in Hong Kong, Kering recorded a positive Q3 with revenue up by 14%, driven by strong performances by Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent, as the luxury group’s share price soared last Friday.
The British Fashion Council has released the shortlist for this year’s Fashion Awards, with Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Loewe leading the way with four nominations each. Winners will be announced on 2 December.
Daniel Lee staged his second runway show for the famed Venetian house on Thursday night, building a set that riffed on the key essential of BV – intreccio leather – which the designer has revived as an object of cool.
Gucci may not have grown quite as fast in the latest quarter, according to Kering’s recent results, but it continues to be hugely popular, with the brand making it back to the top spot in the latest Lyst Index for Q2.
Kering has revealed a surprise appointment at the head of Italian label Bottega Veneta. Bartolomeo Rongone, previously chief operating officer at Yves Saint Laurent, will replace Claus-Dietrich Lahrs on 1 September.
Gucci growth is slowing but Kering is OK with that as it's still surging. Meanwhile Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are powering ahead and Bottega Veneta sales may be down, but the omens are good for Daniel Lee's designs.