• Text Clementine Zawadzki
  • 21st September 2018

Jungle Fever

Described in the show notes as an “urban jungle”, here the Fendi woman teamed up with another beacon of feminine power: mother nature herself. A potent partnership where “the pragmatic and the exotic combine” to create the ultimate all-terrain wardrobe.

Here, clear weatherproof coats came stylised with beige leather paneling to highlight inner seams – the craftsmanship that usually goes unseen – while long and cropped versions took what lies underneath further, with crop tops and bike shorts peering through the structured outerwear for a real sport-luxe feel. Some looks came crafted with oversized pockets and pulled together with toolkit-style belts, which felt very Lara Croft.

Rich burgundy, khaki and burnt orange hues fluttered down the runway with an airy influx of 70s prints and some pastel colours in maxi cutout dresses and mid-length fan skirts. And, while the collection was relatively sans logo – espcially compared to last year’s FF overload – one look saw the Fendi monogram printed onto bomber jackets (cue Kendall Jenner).

The line of functional silhouettes created boldness in leather garments, strong shoulders, and fur overcoats, every bit aligned to Fendi’s mix of skill and vision, and creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s niche for doing a lot with a little. Jungle fever? Try Fendi fever, it’s highly contagious.