So Fendi came by and put a smile on my face - Fendi’s runway show wasn’t exactly glorious, but it was refined, minimalist, and elegant, yet youthful at the same time. Even though at some points the show seemed to start going wrong - with the bohemian-like outfits - it didn’t last too long, and the runway presentation went on nicely.
The garments designed by Silvia, at least for me, weren’t exactly the center of attention - it sounds odd, doesn’t it? Although they were mostly brilliantly conceived, and the color palette used was very adequate the tote bags stole all the attention. Before further analysis of the totes, I’d like to write a thing or two about the rest of the outfits. The fits were pretty slim as usual, but some loose nylon pants appeared on stage which I did not like at all. Nylon was also present on Fendi’s catwalk, and it seems to me that this season it came here to stay - plastic like fabrics as well. The other thing I didn’t like was the Moroccan/bohemian outfits, for me it was just so distant from Fendi’s image that I couldn’t imagine any relationship with the rest of the line. On the other hand, the jackets were amusing without being hip or avant garde; but what the hell, Fendi is not about avant garde figures.
The tote bags were so insanely magnificent that Silvia Fendi could have sent her models down the runway with Wal-Mart clothes on them that nobody would have cared. And by this I’m not saying that the Fendi’s garments are hideous, but how spectacular the bags are. They majestically appeared in diverse colors and style. You can say that there was a tote for everyone, a tote that would adjust to your profile. If you were hip, fun, and always playful, there was the creamy yellow tote waiting for you; if you were the type of person who likes to dress all in black no matter how hot it is and won’t stand a minute without his heroin chic persona, there was the black one with leather; and if you were the relaxed bohemian type of guy, there was also one that fitted your profile.
Fendi’s menswear line is not exclusively designed by Silvia Fendi. The German guru, Karl Lagerfeld, also plays a part on creating the mens collection. His participation has always been rather minuscule, but this year things seem to have changed. There is the outfit in particular, which I do not happen to like, which expresses what I’m trying to say. I post it above the article, and if you know the Lagerfeld aesthetic you should able to see what I’m talking about - the color palette used, the tie, the shirt under t-shirt, the model’s attitude, and the adoration for Hedi. Maybe Karl wasn’t more involved in the actual process of designing the new pieces, but he has certainly influenced Silvia.
After the great success Fendi has had over the last few seasons, I think that this would be the perfect time for them to begin an expansion plan, making their mens ready-to-wear line more available, and taking it global.