Fendi’s Latest “Solar Flair” Collection Is A Breath Of Fresh Air
Emerging from a dream of acid-pastels, boxy-meets-soft quilting and references of decades past with Fendi's distinctive modern touch, the Fendi girl jaunts forward towards the dawn of a new era.| September 21, 2019
The sun sets, and with a new day, rises yet again. At Fendi, the sun rises in a post-Lagerfeld era, where Silvia Venturini Fendi soldiers on solo. The description is an apt one, for Fendi’s show set of the season at Milan Fashion Week was reminiscent of the sunrise and the sunset, a reminder that every ending ushers forward a new beginning.
The show – called “Solar Flair” – was a wonderful blend of tantalising variety, told through a melange of textures and colours, the latter an inviting palette of acid-pastels, pecan, honey and green. There was quilting that allowed skirt suits and paper bag shorts to walk the line between boxy and soft, gingham that referenced the sixties, and floral psychedelia that referenced the seventies – though it should be known by now that a reference at Fendi is hardly ever literal. Take a cropped jacket and mini skirt pairing that revealed a fully see-through panel just under the waist, teasing at the patterned tights worn underneath. Silhouettes were often wispy and light as air, like the sheer gingham and sequinned pieces that were oft layered over swimwear, and even the coats that went all the way down to the ankles.
What of Fendi’s iconic Peekaboo and Baguette? They were retro in the best of ways – like Bella Hadid’s messy nineties twin hair buns – coming down the runway in compacted raffia, with ruching or entirely in bright beadwork. A short-handle oversized tote makes its debut, most notably the plush versions covered entirely in the double “F” logo. The bag that stole the show, though, might have been the nano-est of Fendi’s bags to date, worn like a necklace.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Fendi’s shoe game has always and continues to be incredibly strong, even if it’s just working with one key silhouette. There are no boots this season. In its place, candy-coloured sandals and slingback loafers with beautiful stacked heels, worn ever-so-effortlessly over sheer socks, a styling trick guaranteed to takeover the Milan scene come February.
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