Fendi presented its men’s Fall/Winter 2021collection as part of Milan Fashion Week Men’s via a virtual presentation.
Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi the collection was playful with rich jewelled tones – exactly what we all need at this time. An optimistic adventure that provides hope for the future.
The film directed by Italian artist Nico Vascellari sets the scene for ‘What Is Normal Today ft. Silvia’ – an exclusive dance-pop track composed by Not Waving. Models appeared inside a 360-degrees mirrored tunnel.
Menswear classics are given a new sense of playfulness with a rainbow of colour and bold prints. The jeweller colour palette consists of sees emerald, vermillion, saffron, orange, fuchsia, cobalt and periwinkle colour-blocked against black, camel and charcoal, as linings, inlays and slashed seams flash with contrasting textures and shades.
The pieces are more than just fashion statements, they are multifunctional pieces with inspiration taken from workwear and uniforms offering a relaxed silhouette. Belted overcoat and trench shapes in cashmere flannel, satin, striped fur and shearling are infused with a cosy peignoir attitude and piped pyjama hemlines bring the indoors out and the outdoors in.
Diagonal quilting inflates all manner of silk jacquard separates from a shawl collar lounge coat to pullovers, shirt jackets and Bermuda shorts in a luxuriant expression of cocooning comfort, and ‘inside-out’ tailoring features deconstructed panels that expose padded FF logo linings. The conventions of ribbed and cable knitting are reimagined as long johns, cardigan scarves, mitten cuffs, and a wrapped ‘sleeve’ neck sweater for a weird and wonderful take on the ‘new normal’.
Fendi collaborated with British artist and performer Noel Fielding who created a series of colourful psychedelic artworks for the collection which featured a reimagined design of the Fendi logo which was emblazoned on some of the pieces. This multicolours scribble art embodies the season’s cosmic spirit while faces and creatures from Fielding’s imagination allow us all to dream. Fielding’s outré pop sensibility is the latest evolution in Silvia Venturini Fendi’s playful selection of artistic collaborators, that has previously included British artists John Booth, @HeyReilly and Sue Tilley, to name a few.
When it comes to accessories this season’s bags matches the uplifting mood of the ready-to-wear collection. Bold coloured leathers matte satin and hardware creates dipped-effect Baguette and flatpack shopper shapes, and miniature luggage styles reprise an embossed stripe FF monogram leather as backpacks and crossbody pouches. The Baguette takes on the form of a satchel and is also minimized as a cardholder.
Noel Fielding’s graphic art adorns the Peekaboo and an FF buckle tote in grainy calfskin.