By autumn, with any luck, the world will be emerging from the pandemic darkness, and if Silvia Venturini Fendi has anything to do it, we’ll be doing so in full Technicolour.
Her autumn/ winter 2021 Fendi menswear collection was revealed today, on the second day of a largely digital Milan Men’s Fashion Week, via a video directed by Italian artist Nico Vascellari.
With models stomping through a 360-mirrored tunnel scattered with neon-lit doorframes accompanied by a thumping dance-pop track with voice overlays from Fendi herself, the film felt energetic and full of optimism.
A celebration of colour, light and solidarity in surreal times, the collection was a practical mix of super cosy WFH-wear like ribbed and cable knit long johns, cardigan scarves and mitten cuffs, and pyjama-inspired outerwear, which came in the form of a floral belted duvet coat with wide lapels, pyjama piping on trench coats and quilted silk jacquard lounge coats and pullovers.
A series of black looks came mid-show, scribbled with a multi-coloured abstraction of the Fendi logo plus faces and dreamscapes, created by our very own Great British Bake-off star Noel Fielding. The collaboration with Fielding is the latest in a series of artistic collaborations that’s previously included British artist John booth, @HeyReilly and Sue Tilley.
Monochrome ensembles in in a jewel palette of emerald, vermillion, orange and fuchsia, red and cobalt stole the show, with the bold quilted coats perfect mood-boosting buys.
When it came to the accessories, the classic Baguette bag was scaled up to become a roomy satchel, and down as a lanyard card holder, while Noel Fielding’s outré graphic art adorned a Peekaboo and an FF buckle tote in grainy calfskin. Elsewhere shearling attested to the indoor-outdoor cosy aesthetic on a black satchel daubed with a multicolour ‘Fendi’ and super snug shearling FF slippers.
Whether we’re locked down or out-and-about, Fendi’s man is ready.