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Class and Contrast

By August 9, 2019 No Comments

Clothes, bags and shoes from Italian brand Fendi feature pop colours, meticulous materials and a classic yet youthful look  

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TAWAN KONKAEW

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It has been nearly a century that Fendi, established in 1925, has spearheaded the fashion industry of Italy and created numerous iconic pieces, from fur coat with double-F motif to Baguette and Peekaboo bags coveted by every woman.

For Fendi’s womenswear pre-fall 2019 collection, the late Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi bring the brand’s signature dualism of masculine and feminine, maximalism and minimalism, through simple yet sharp silhouettes and eye-catching graphics. The pieces take references from the graphics of 19th century’s French gates which inform patterns and decors, while the prints of Japanese vintage men’s kimonos enhance the collection’s elegant appeal. The rigorous, sharp silhouettes are softened by the rich tones of red and beige, icy greys and blues, as well as intense green shades. Exquisite ornaments introduce a quintessentially feminine touch.

Outwear gets a hyper-luxurious treatment with parkas embellished with precious fox fur collars, mink fur bombers and power coats showing intarsia reproducing the sinuous graphics of antique gates. The contrast between structured and soft continues in the sculpted frocks where technical jersey is juxtaposed to featherweight lace. The sense of lightness also defines the fluffy knitwear worked in charming colour combinations, while the maxi pockets popping up on a colour-blocked coat add a utilitarian attitude.

For pre-fall 2019, Fendi presents signature styles including Baguette and Peekaboo, in a new unlined Selleria leather version

For pre-fall 2019, Fendi presents signature styles including Baguette and Peekaboo, in a new unlined Selleria leather version showing the collection’s innovative tones outside matched with neon hues inside.

The chic and lightweight Peekaboo X-Lite, crafted from a rich selection of materials, including suede, is in leather with a vintage glossy effect, while the FF logo is embossed on both leather, velvet, and shearling on the legendary Baguette. Its unmistakable metallic closure characterises Fendi’s new entry, the Kan B, a rectangular structure enriched with a leather strap and a metallic chain. A luxurious exotics range dominates the Collection with a unique nabuck Ostrich version that meets exclusive materials with Fendi’s daring workmanships and creativity.

For footwear, the collection offers a variety of choices: sling backs, sandals, flats and booties defined by squared toes and sculptural heels. Developed in a wide range of options, they span from suede versions in rich tones of purple, green and yellow

For footwear, the collection offers a variety of choices: sling backs, sandals, flats and booties defined by squared toes and sculptural heels. Developed in a wide range of options, they span from suede versions in rich tones of purple, green and yellow, in white and brown leather to numbers showing the brand’s iconic FF logo or a patchwork of fabrics inspired by the runway collection’s micrographics.

Fendi’s unique artisanal craftsmanship stands out in the selection of accessories and small leather goods. The Baguette bag is re-proportioned to create a mini version, as well as a belt bag — both rendered in a myriad of materials, including embossed leather and velvet, as well as shearling. They are also used for the new micro tote bag, while tiny evening clutches are enriched with jewellery-inspired lacquered handles. The Fashion Jewellery is presented in other variations of handcrafted. Chokers, ear-cuffs and rings with flower decors or zircons and a whole new revamped freedom offer with the winged FF on chokers, bracelets, rings and earrings, reflecting masculine femininity that is the core of the brand. 

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