“Dualism is in the DNA of FENDI, under every form,” says Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Dialogue is one: the encounter and connection of two personalities. Silvia Venturini Fendi and “Guest Artist” Karl Lagerfeld: a lifetime creative relationship, now becoming explicit in the Men’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Collection.
Handwritten notes, images, sketches: a moodboard seamlessly connecting a Parisian studio with a ginormous library to the Roman one, becoming a Collage print transported throughout the Collection. A sketch initiates the conversation – a tailored jacket with shawl collar on one side and lapel on the other.
Everything is dual: futurism and classicism swirl in a palette dominated by black, beige and brown, with accents of red and electric blue. Transparency and see-through give consistency to FENDI’s free-flowing lightness, playing with volumes and materials: the tuxedo is cut in organza, just like halves puffer parkas and intarsia fur pieces.
Zippers split knitwear and plongé nappa pieces in two, functionally, interchanging left with right, front with back. The metallic and shimmering luster of silver and gold is a streetwear reminiscent presence, from the anorak to the mink coat. Little chains draw pinstripes on high-collared shirts and lines on ribbed knits.
A futuristic FF logo alternates with a calligraphic one, found also on accessories, from gold chains to chevalier rings. Shoes echo Lagerfeld’s signature, as the Cuban heels on cordovan or patent shoes. A functional traveler, the FENDI man brings his essentials around into cases, studded, foldable or defended by transparent covers turning into shoppers.
FENDI’s legendary Baguette makes its debut for men: from mini to maxi, in precious croco or mink and Selleria leather. To be worn cross-body, hand-carried or as a belt bag. The Peekaboo family with its members and evolutions: X-Lite Fit and the new Essential for men. The signature bonded nylon of PORTER meets the two iconic FENDI shapes, which become ultralight and outsized in this contemporary collaboration.
According to Silvia Venturini Fendi, the moment is ripe to bring sartorial formality back, always with a FENDI twist.
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Taking a walk on FENDI’s dark side, and back. Playfully. Dualism as a trait of the FENDI DNA: FF, after all, is double.
FENDI/FIEND. ROMA/AMOR. Anagramming to make opposites collide. Fiend as little demon, but also as aficionado. Amor as love. Tiny demons and FF-forked snakes, cards and dice multiply over the surfaces, propelled by Nico Vascellari. Menacingly, insouciantly.
A performing, easy wardrobe of streamlined, easy staples: raincoats, blousons, anoraks, tailored pants, shirts, sport shorts, knitted polo shirts. Playing with its double, what looks sturdy becomes light, as perforations and nets are featured predominantly, making air a part of the texture. Playing with opposites, what looks like leather is paper, while leather gains a papery feel.
A trademark FENDI graphic play: stripes running askew on sheer shirts; FF and Pequin taping on waterproof gear; ultrasound hole punches on leather pieces. The graphic dualism of contrasting hues: red with black, white with brown. Total black as a new addition to the FENDI chromatic code, finding lightness in it.
The functionality of accessorizing: the new Peekaboo X-Lite bag, bucket hats, crossbody pouches. The elastic sling back moccasins make their return. Running sandals sport hi-tech cushioned soles, with or without socks, making the walk around Roma easier and faster, delivering plenty of Amor.
Yin and Yang, darkness and light find their balance, in FF territory. Now please enter or exit the tunnel.
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For a romantic uniform in a woman’s world, the Fall/Winter 2018-19 Collection is a mirror of softness and strength. The lines of architecture are intertwined with wistful notions of urban femininity with an outdoor edge, in a palette of navy, black, moss green, camel, claret, ivory and blushing pink.
A box shoulder creates a framework for capes -shoulder slips- and belted coats that fall with a planed sleeve, zipping open at the hip in a cascade of sunray pleating. Trompe l’oeil yoke details create delicate hybrids within a single garment. Tailoring fabrics define the city attitude of slim coats and skirt suits in Prince of Wales checks, grisaille wool and glazed canvas.
Pondering the simple elegance of a lady’s handkerchief, pleated silk dresses and scalloped blouses are adorned with needlepoint collars and encrusted lace. The diamond becomes a leitmotif in print, texture and construction, from FENDI argyle knitwear to plush intarsias and a dramatic latticework of beaded fringes. In bright pebbled calfskin, stamped leather or satin, pointed Western boots rise to mid-calf or knee length featuring a double Cuban heel.
This Collection sees the debut of the Double F bag, a two-sided chain bag featuring ‘F’ corner frames on one side, and the round FENDI stamp on the other. A new unstructured Peekaboo X-Lite bag is defined by a soft construction and contrasting internal pocket popping in precious leather, pastel calfskin or iconic FF.
The Women’s Fall/Winter 2018-19 Collection includes the FENDI/FILA logo created by the artist @hey_reilly, re-appropriated by the House across ready-to-wear and accessories.
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At the airport. Ready to take off for the FENDI journey or coming back from one.
Coding, decoding and recoding the FENDI formula: FF logo, Pequin stripes, FENDI stamp, FENDI yellow are explored, exploded, spliced, collaged. This way and that way. Intarsia and gheronatura are brought on sportier ground: workmanship as another FENDI mark.
Luggage is on the conveyor belt, comfy shoes are on, comfy clothes too. In the suitcase, carry on, or simply on: roomy intarsia blousons, square jackets, ultrasound duvets; lounge suits, rubber anoraks, intarsia sweatshirts; striped shirts, glazed coats.
Everything is reversible: to double the use and to cut the weight of the luggage by the half. The FENDI remix: @hey_reilly takes it all, and turns it into a collage splashed onto clothing and bags.
Accessorizing makes the journey easier. A mini umbrella on the head; knit-backpacks, uberluxurious travel sets, as shearling suitcases; “wearable” bags, camera cases, mini bags for passport and errands; lounge sneakers and FF rubber loafers.
Finally, for last minute shopping before embarking, the rubber shopper bag heralding FF values in bold type: Family, Faithful, Freedom, Fancy, Fabulous!
The FENDI flight is now taking off.
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In a world where Italian Futurism meets tropical travel, the FENDI Spring/Summer 2018 Collection emerges in a swirl of Caribbean color and flavor.
Shades of ocean blue wash against seafoam green, coral pink and sand, as the silhouette drapes off the shoulder, nips at the waist and blooms into full skirts.
In a graphic play of diaphanous layers, the symmetry of stripes and checkerboard patterns is seen throughout: bowling shirts become organza blouses, and rugby polos or cable knits warp over candy striped knickers and bras.
Denim trench coats and cool poplin tops reveal shoulders and scrunch at the hip, as striped silk denim and pinstriped cotton skirts hug the waist high. Nude sequin separates shimmer as moments of craft unfurl in delicate fern leaf broderie anglaise, beaded organza philodendron and palm leaves, floral leather marquetry and fur floating on silk chiffon.
On foot, pointed mesh flats and pumps come adorned with tartan beading, surf straps and a rattan heel, whilst stocking boots collage the double F logo with Futurist florals.
The Spring/Summer 2018 marks the first appearance on the catwalk of the Mon Trésor bag, a mini bucket presented in luxurious exotic leather festooned with metallic pearls, and the new Runaway tote in transparent tartan mesh with rounded rattan handles.
The Kan I F bag returns trimmed in raffia fringes and worn with leafy suede Strap You handles. Monkey, banana and Bao-bug logo charms accent the Collection’s tropical feel.
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It’s the morning after the night before.
The FENDI muse for the Fall/Winter 2017-18 Collection emerges at dawn: a cinematic character pacing the streets of Rome. Framing her free spirit, the graphic heritage of FENDI rises to the fore. Geometric patterns are inspired by Viennese woodblock printing and 18th century Italian papiers dominotés, which come to life in an array of mosaic techniques, from cut-out knitwear to marquetry furs and acanthus leaf-printed silk. Colours exude autumnal warmth: from carmine red like sealing wax to camel, cobalt and petrol blue, optic white or palest blush pink, they highlight the Collection’s decorative, modern hand.
Codes of fine craftsmanship abound – a nipped waist is tucked with a giant ‘X’ appliqué, hemlines are framed in a bold topstitch and encrusted tulle stripes frame collars and cuffs. In felt cashmere, patent leather, Prince of Wales checks and herringbone wools, tailoring is cut with a double shoulder – from a structured plane it drops to create new volumes. That doubled effect evolves throughout as interlocking and overlapping sartorial textiles, FENDI ‘double F’ logo-trims and a layered exercise of cotton shirting and soft A-line skirts. It continues through transparency: sheer dresses are constructed in diamond ruched tulle whilst embroidered spirograph daisies and organza florals embellish long-sleeved gowns, both underpinned with the season’s patent red cuissard boots inset with elastic ribbing.
The Fall/Winter 2017-18 runway show debuts the new Run Away double handle box bag in two tone nappa leather and inlaid python, while the Baguette, Peekaboo and Kan I bags appear in an opulent array of striped python, ‘double F’ logo print and patchwork velvet, striped mink and leather fringe. They are paired with interchangeable Strap You shoulder straps in shaggy fur, jewelled velvet and cut-out autumnal flowers.
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Optimism. In pills. Keywords. The FENDI VOCABULARY.
YES – TRY – LISTEN – LOVE BLISS – FANTASTIC – TRUST – HOPE THINK – FENDI
Clothing as concise as slogans: essential, performing, REAL. With a FENDI twist. LOGO
Blouson, cape-coat, gilet, suit, zip-up jumper, tracksuit, cycling jersey.
FAST Teddy bear slides, sock-runners, backpack. Headband.
The COMFORT of quilting. Lines that underline.
COLOR as a statement. Grey, camel, military green. Bold highlights of pink, yellow, green, orange.
Croco, padded leather, nylon, neoprene, mink, shearling, felt. Leopard print. Technical, natural, effective.
PRACTICAL – PRAGMATIC – PROGRESSIVE – REAL – RELIABLE – REASSURING
The everyday, in the FENDI way.
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