A lifetime creative relationship between Silvia Venturini Fendi and ‘guest artist’ Karl Lagerfeld was the inspiration, and one-time, exclusive collaboration, for the Fendi men’s Fall-Winter 2019/2020 collection. Handwritten notes, images, sketches and mood boards seamlessly connecting Lagerfeld’s Parisian studio with an expansive library to the Roman house, become a mélange of collage prints transported throughout the collection. Lagerfeld’s hand can be seen across the collection. From the rigorous cut of a tailored shoulder, everything is dual with futurism and classicism a wash in a palette dominated by black, beige and brown, with accents of red, electric blue and shiny metallic finishes.
A sketch initiates the conversation and a tailored jacket with a shawl collar on one side and lapel on the other emerges. Transparency and see-through give consistency to Fendi’s free-flowing lightness, playing with volumes and materials: the tuxedo is cut in organza, as are halves puffer parkas and intarsia fur pieces. Zippers split knitwear and plongé Nappa pieces in two, functionally, interchanging left with right, front with the back. The metallic and shimmering luster of silver and gold is a streetwear reminiscent presence, from the anorak to the mink coat. Little chains draw pinstripes on high-collared shirts and lines on ribbed knits. A futuristic FF logo alternates with a calligraphic one, found also on accessories, from gold chains to chevalier rings. Shoes echo Lagerfeld’s signature, as the Cuban heels on cordovan or patent shoes.
A functional traveler, the Fendi man brings his essentials around into cases, studded, foldable or defended by transparent covers turning into shoppers Fendi’s legendary Baguette made its debut for men in this collection. Designed from mini to maxi, in precious Croco or mink and Selleria leather and fashioned to be worn cross-body, hand-carried or as a belt bag. According to Silvia Venturini Fendi, the moment is ripe to bring sartorial formality back, always with a Fendi twist. Fendi.
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