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Through the looking glass: a backstage peak at Fendi’s Spring Summer 21 show

Fendi Spring Summer 21

In partnership with Fendi

Memories stitched together by the threads of connection and introspection: This is what Silvia Venturini Fendi’s Women’s and Men’s Spring Summer 2021 collections represent. A moment to reflect, carved out by purity of linen, patchworked together with cotton, feathers, fur and eiderdown quilting – an ode to nostalgia and instances of simplicity. A reference point, evocative of heirlooms bound up with tradition.

 

 

Blocks of classic FENDI colours – cardinal red and sky blue – are intercepted with flax and wheat, bringing each facet of the collection to equilibrium, speaking in soft whispers of what it’s like to go inside and out, all at once. Internal reflection meets gazing out, looking ahead, while learning oneself in symbiosis.

 

 

Window-like lace permeates the collections, exploring the DNA of the brand stripped bare where signature silhouettes are unstructured and softened, leaning into the moment at hand. Tulle, silk and gazar fall in swaths around figures, creating a sense of chiaroscuro through layering and faded flora print work. Sheer fitted gloves embossed with Fendi sit atop latticed sleeves and bare arms while torsos are clad with crotchet bodysuits, overlayed with sheer, embroidered shift dresses. Delicate craftsmanship marries strong contours, a reminder of Italian tableware and family hand-me-downs.

Baguettes draped with embroidered silk veils take inspiration from a softer approach to daily life.

 

For menswear, comfort binds with elevation, paired back for maximum versatility. Transcending seasons, models are buttoned in sheer printed linen mirroring windows dappled by sunlight alongside chunky knits, woven around buttons that secure shirt sleeve to crocheted shoulder. Buttery suede pieces in the shade of burnt oats are layered, sporting laddered details on collars and pockets.

 

 

Each element from Womenswear and Menswear feels current and fluid, with accessories adding to the dreamlike season. Market baskets in recycled PVC, picnic baskets, canvas luggage, and Baguettes draped with embroidered silk veils take inspiration from a softer approach to daily life. At the foot of the models, woven boots, rattan pool slides, sling-back boat shoes and T-bar plimsolls drive the idea of modern, accessible elegance home throughout the collection.

Internal reflection meets gazing out, looking ahead, while learning oneself in symbiosis.

Let Venturini’s Fendi transport you to slower living, veiled in quiet elegance, like budding tree branches moving with the breeze, tablescapes lain with heirloom wares under the spring Italian sun, coaxing memory and opportunity, moving into the Freedom summer brings.

See all the backstage images from the Fendi Spring Summer 21 in our Freedom issue. Available to purchase now on newsstands or through our online shop.

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