In March, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the world, including the fashion industry, to shut down. The early days of quarantine and self-isolation led many to believe that they would take this time to learn a new skill or see the world differently and slowly like Silvia Venturini Fendi. What did she rediscover during the long days spent with her family at home and watching the world pass by? The pleasure of small things and traditions, and the meaning embedded in common household objects, such as a grandmother’s tablecloth or the trousseau passed from one generation to the other.
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Titled ‘’Fendi Reflections’’, her latest collection as creative director of the Fendi women’s line – before Kim Jones joins as the artistic director of womenswear – embodied the gentle, nostalgic comforts of home like lace handkerchiefs, quilting, and linen.
Pieces in Fendi’s collection, punctuated with delicate embroideries and eyelet motifs, brought light to the art of staying at home, both in nuanced and obvious ways.
Even the formal styles, like a tailored three-piece suit, carry more relaxed, unstructured fits this time around, exuding a sense of comfort, intimacy and protection.
The color palette – neutral whites, browns, black, and sky blue mixed with vivid red and pops of pink and yellow – provides a meditative breath of air among the sights that lie beyond the window panes.
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