Presented at Milan Fashion Week, Fendi’s new Fall/Winter 2021 Menswear collection is “very tactile and also very functional,” with bold and vivid tones contrasted to the dull winter season.
Silvia Venturini Fendi explains that she wanted “to avoid that fashionista attitude” with this collection. “I like to consider menswear through many different men who keep their personality. … I think in the future, fashion is going to be more individualistic, and I wanted to keep that idea in the show.”
“I want it to be energetic and not too long,” Venturini Fendi explained. “We have so much information today and and I don’t think we can [ask for viewers’] concentration for too long.” The energetic and dynamic show incorporated fluorescent lighting that complemented the collection’s vivid color play and unmissable graphic accents.
Trying to mirror Venturini Fendi’s aim to capture subtle flair, the suits and outerwear feature slits that reveal hidden detailing. Intricate flair elevated the already lavish camel hair topcoats and hooded shearlings, styled atop tailored pants in disparate textiles ranging from wool to quilted nylon to leather. Seamless indoor/outdoor footwear functionality was provided by mules and loafers, a soft contrast to the heavy boots and derbies seen elsewhere.
Arguably, the collection’s most memorable accent was the newly designed cursive Fendi lettering created by English comedian and artist, Noel Fielding. Perhaps best known for his work on The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd and as the host of The Great British Bake-Off, Fielding’s colorful illustrations reimagine the Fendi logo in playful swirls, encouraging viewers to “read what [they] want to see.”