Luxury house FENDI presented their Spring Summer 2023 Menswear Collection, that plays with contrasts and juxtapositions, on June 18th, during the recently finished Milan Fashion Week. Designer Silvia Venturini Fendi turns the style rulebook upside down and inside out, and reimagines traditional dress codes with a sense of playfulness and freedom. The collection finds balance between decoration and simplicity, nostalgia and innovation. The color palette was inspired by the earth, sea and sky – from melon and indigo to ochre, putty, cornflower blue and silver grey.
“A bohemian wanderlust is imbued in the accumulation and exchange of embellishments and techniques that trick the eye, with a plethora of FENDI-fied souvenir tropes from soft fringe and tassels to terry towelling and beaded daisy chains. The swirling weather patterns of planet Earth zoom in and out as thermographic jacquard coats alongside bucolic cowhide motifs, and the motif appears as a psychedelic FEND-ikat linen or blown out in tonal cotton knits.
Both the reality and fantasy of denim intertwine across the collection, subverted as a distressed trompe l’oeil print on plush robes and cotton twill shirt jackets, cut in long-line 5-pocket jeans, framing faded FENDI Baguette bags and shoppers, and mirrored in soft, ultralight chambray shorts with feathered hemlines. Lightness abounds, as FENDI O’Lock zips, dissected shoulders and side-vents liberate traditional suiting and shirt shapes to create flyaway volumes. Crisp poplin, technical cotton and ripstop are cut in boxy point-collar shirts, anorak and raincoat shapes adorned with ultrasound Selleria bonded topstitching or leather patch pocket ‘shadows’, for a system of light, tiered layers paired with tailored shorts. Wide trousers in ultralight wool, panelled denim or calfskin pool at the ankles, projecting the season’s languid ease.” – from Fendi