Resort 2015: Fendi
Fendi is one of the most fascinating brands to watch. Silvia Venturini Fendi hired the most over employed man in fashion, Karl Lagerfeld to assist her in rebooting the brand. The mesh of the two of them has resulted in a bizarre yet gorgeous mashup of leather, graphics high and low fashion and of course, fur. For Resort, they aimed for a hyper sporty wearable look.
The result was jackets like the one above that look like a leather sportscar, paired with a leather skirt decorated with discs of orange shearling.
The motorcross jacket showed up a couple more times, more floraled at each pass. The leather wrapped skirts that were too stiff to close in the front paired interestingly with more of the 3D disc work.
These patterns are actually orchid florals manipulated into abstract nearly urban looking angles.
The “Fendi Roma” Graffti motif is a call back to the late 80s heyday of the brand. Here we have it worked in an intarsia fur jacket, or in large friendly letters down the side of an outfit.
But the best looks were the quieter ones, as Fendi and Lagerfeld added a soft pleat to the mix, with shoulders that looked like suitcase bag straps.
But when a little air was added, those pleats blew open to create a windsail effect for an interesting silhouette and a fun approach to the idea of sailing on one’s vacation.
The mink collar on the left and the mink bomber jacket on the right reminded up though that this is Fendi, and Fendi never lets a season pass without a fur.
The orchids also found their way into 3D accessories on an outfit that could easily mix and match with everything in ones closet, as well as the play on a Japanese kimono dress on the right, which decidedly wouldn’t.
The collection closed with something more traditional, a pale pink silk organza dress with ghostly orchid overlay. It may be a sportier, more wearable day at Fendi, but there are brand standards to uphold.
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