For the star-studded show, Blige appeared in an all-black ensemble that included a lace turtleneck, leather split-hem trousers, matching boots, and a fiery red, furry-textured coat courtesy of the Italian fashion house.
(Fellow superstar Beyonce wore a version of the same cape for her recent Harper’s BAZAAR cover story). Blige’s beauty look was equally glam: she wore her signature platinum blonde hair in a voluminous top bun with two wavy front strands framing her face, paired with smokey eye makeup and a perfectly lined neutral pout.
Blige was joined by a number of celebrities in attendance at the highly anticipated fashion show, including rapper (and former collaborator) Lil Kim, musicians such as Burna Boy and Kehlani, actress Zazie Beetz, and famous industry faces such as Slick Woods, Selah Marley, and Lourdes Leon (who walked the show).
Bottega Veneta’s buzzy event served as an ode to Detroit and took place at the Michigan Building, a former theater. Models strolled down the runway to a soundtrack by Detroit DJ Moodymann, who served up plenty of techno music a genre that was birthed and boomed within the Midwest city. The brand’s designer, Daniel Lee, also opened a personally-curated pop-up shop in the city’s Corktown neighborhood that will sell exclusive Bottega goods in addition to artwork, records, and other artisanal items from some of the city’s own local creators.