• Text Vincent Levy
  • 20th January 2015

Chill pill

The playfulness of Fendi’s hugely successful Bag Bugs seems to have rubbed off on it’s menswear. There was an almost children’s book warmth about the brand’s show notes today, presenting the idea of setting aside adult worries – if only during your lunch break. This attitude was seen most strongly in accessories including scarves large enough to picnic on, a new apple shaped charm, and brightly coloured miniature footballs shoved into backpack compartments. Whilst a classical palette including greys, blues, milk and tobacco brang some necessary reality, the collections silhouette also presented a feeling of ease with a newly rounded shoulder.

Far from easy are the technical experiments Fendi always undertakes with its fabrications. And yet this season’s successes – including sheepskins and leathers manipulated to resemble corduroy, and suedes that merged into calf, were remarkably subtle. Designed to reveal their magic at closer inspection (or indeed touch), they re-iterated the collection’s childlike streak through the notion of discovery.