Are you a city girl or a nature girl? Fendi’s spring/summer 2019 collection unites both worlds
Here's a novel idea: The great outdoors is not in Madagascar, but in the city of Milan. If you were here, you'd know what we mean. It's September, but the weather is at a balmy 28 degrees Celsius. The picturesque pebbled streets aren't quaint — not when a gazelle of photographers are shouting various influencers' names so they look their way, cameras preying on the Fendi logomania adorned heavily by the guests to the spring/summer 2019 show. Everyone's going wild. This is the nature of fashion.
Inside Via Solari, the mood is not dissimilar. There's buzz that Nicky Minaj was on her way, and some of us wondered aloud if Kris Jenner was going to show up for a second season in the row in support of daughter Kendall Jenner's modeling career. Still, 30 minutes after the curtain meant to drop (or in this case, the Fendi pearly dates to open), the feverish anticipation (quite literally, because it was hot inside too) verged on agitation.
None of that mattered though, when Adwoa Aboah walked the runway in a PVC turtleneck raincoat, worn atop a cotton white dress and peep-toe pink sandal. And when Bella Hadid strutted down in cargo shirting — short sleeved, muted yellow — and biking shorts Jenner's sisters made famous. Some things are worth waiting for. Like the monikered tile pencil skirts and bomber jacket dress (presented separately) in embossed FF, like the PVC mini skirt with overflowing pleated lining in chocolate, like the enlarge denim Baguette bag with piping in striking red. Since we're on the chapter of bags, utilitarian is the style du jour, exemplified in abundance by the Peekaboo adorned with external pockets, labelled for cheekiness. "Phone", "coins", "other"... the safety comparment hidden in the belt bag has "secret" hot stamped above the zipper — crazy cute yet appropriate since Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi's combined genius is quite the mystery to the outside world.
Things occasionally took a turn for the softer. Note the bohemian cut-out kaftan layered over a knitted bra top, and a couple of floaty printed dresses that followed. The later one in particularly foil-like fabric caught every ray of light and took our breath away. So did the swan embossed cape-shouldered blouse and blazer. And definitely the nude and black embroidered tulle frocks that closed what was the most romantic take on urban exploration we've seen in recent memory.