MFW A/W '11 Report: Fendi

25 February 2011

The Fendi collection Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi sent out yesterday was a neat continuation of the spring/ summer collection that is now in stores.  Colour - and colour combinations - were key; for A/W '11 the Fendi woman will be wearing a mix of moss green, rusty orange, ochre, cobalt, petrol and midnight blues and tobacco brown. And the relaxed silhouettes and easy-to-wear pieces that were at the heart of spring's collection continued for autumn in the form of  button-free trapeze shaped coats and jackets with wide sleeves (take note of this shape, it's set to be the coat style for next winter) worn with rib knitted skirts or loose fitting cropped trousers. Dresses and skirts had pockets and shoes, though high, were managable.

If this all sounds well, a little dowdy, have a scroll through the pictures. Sure, these clothes don't offer the wearer up on a plate, but they have a sensuality and playfulness about them. Ultra luxurious fabrics and smoking hot accessories were the major factor in achieving this, but the model's sexy, mussed up chignons streaked with colour helped too.  There were some subtle nods to sex; some of the simplest dresses - prim even - of the collection (both day and evening versions) revealed a bare back when the model wearing them turned to walk back up the catwalk.

I scribbled down “very cool art teacher” in my notebook during the show (granted she'd have to be very rich too, which is probably where my theory falls down...) to describe A/W 11's version of the Fendi Woman. She doesn't try too hard, loves to be comfortable and has a way with mixing colours.  Wouldn't mind being her myself!

Looks I loved:

The opening look of the show – Anja Rubik in a moss swing mac, with the seams revealed on the outside, a cobalt blue dress and bag, ginger coloured tights and mustard shoes.  Genius mix of colours.

The seemingly prim and ultra simple midnight blue dress - worn by one of my fave models of the moment Jac – which from behind revealed a slash of bare back.

The shearling coat, shaved except for the front panel and lined in tobacco coloured suede. HEAVEN.

The shoe/tights combos: Mary Janes in mustard, gold, smokey grey or tan,  clashing with ribbed tights in ochre, rust or claret.

The bags: from the uber simple felt totes (I loved the red wine coloured one most), to the ladylike structured handbags and the tiny metal trimmed clutches – this is a stellar bag season for Fendi.

By Siobhan Mallen in Milan


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