FENDI Spring/Summer 2021 Collections Are A Patchwork of Memories
Text: Lorena Caro
Silvia Venturini Fendi’s final collection, before Kim Jones takes over as artistic director of womenswear, is in a word: introspective. It’s an ode to intimate family memories and previous generations that helped shape the core of the brand. FENDI Reflections is “a trousseau of stories unpacked and unfolded in a weaving together of the precious and the plain.”
These unisex collections channel the intimacy of domestic life by concealing and revealing the precious and plain. It’s an attempt to connect to the past. Venturini Fendi creates a “flaxen palette [which] breathes in natural shades of wheat, milk and honey amidst reflections of sky blue and cardinal red” for this upcoming season.
Many of the pieces are sheer but also printed with layers of light and shaded colors to delicately expose the skin. Other pieces seamlessly flow over the body’s silhouette, carefully structured to mold to any body shape. Slouching suits and button up shirts help solidify the powerful force behind the brand's first co-ed show. And in true 2020 fashion, there's pieces that elevate the comforts of tunics, apron dresses, and embroidered housecoats by incorporating buttons and subtle tailored detailing.
Wearing these looks on the FENDI show space in Milan were a diverse cast which included models such as Ashley Graham, Penelope Tree, Cecilia Chancellor, Paloma Elsesser and Jill Kortleve. The stage featured fresh white curtains floating in the breeze as well as the return of sofas which were featured on the Fall Winter 2020-21 Women’s show. Live music by the Italian musician Lorenzo Senni included a live string quartet, and an original synthesizer composition featuring an extract from the film “The Challenge” composed by Senni.
Also adding to the mix is an Accessories collection which introduced a ‘Hand in Hand’ Baguette project. The project is a unique collaboration with local artisans across Italian regions such as Abruzzo and Marche. A Baguette bag is constructed in tombolo aquilano sugar-coated lace, a technique refined by Benedictine nuns since the 15 th century, while another Baguette is made of woven willow strands inspired by local fishermen from Marche.
The second iteration of the FENDI X CHAOS ‘tech jewellery’ capsule collection also made its debut. It includes laser-cut and ajouré apron belts dipped in pastel colors, and chain drop earrings featuring both pearls and pairs of FENDI dice.
You can catch the collection below: