Silvia Venturini Fendi’s Swan Song Collection for Fendi Was A Tribute To Family
Kim Jones set to soon replace Karl Lagerfeld as artistic director of Fendi, Silvia Venturini Fendi bowed out gracefully from her temporary role at the helm with a Spring Summer ’21 collection inspired by quality time with her nearest and dearest. Having experienced the intense lockdown in Italy, the designer was thinking of the silver lining it afforded. In other words, “Time spent with family — generations reunited at home in Rome — is a catalyst for quiet introspection: at the window or in the garden, watching the world go by.”
Prodigal accessory daughters were the Baguette and Peekaboo, incarnated in a host of collection-specific fabrications (shaved mink, braided ajouré, artisan-hewn bobbin lace, and fisherman-woven willow). Often these were presented with their own little offspring minibags, plus gloves, clipped to the side: All were shrouded in lace and linens like freshly christened infants. There were also sweet reprises for the Fendi x Chaos collaboration strapped to some looks.
Model Karen Elson, Maty Fall, Ashley Graham, Eva Herzigova, Yasmin Le Bon, and Penelope Tree were all part of a cast as diverse as the swathe of reminiscence Fendi was mustering in this collection. Naturally there were some seriously savoir-faire saturated sections in fur. Maty Fall wore a loosely woven coat of nappa and mink over a floral-pressed romper, Vilma Sjöberg a dégradé coat of knitted fox, and Aliet Sarah an outrageous skirt of shaved mink ‘lace.’