How royal

Fendi paid tribute to the British country style of Princess Anne
By Barry Pierce | Fashion | 14 January 2024

If Fendi’s FW24 collection brought to mind rolling hills, morning fogs, bugles and beagles and shouts of “pull!” then you’d be right on the money as the inspiration behind this menswear collection was, in fact, a woman – Princess Anne. Whilst the royal’s wardrobe may not immediately cause us to scream style icon!, she has had a distinct style through the years with her huge country coats, versatile wellies, and a lot of Highland tartan.

Many of these staples were replicated in the collection. Long pleated shorts worn with leather Wellingtons and hiking socks, flat-front checked skorts and classic trousers with pleats down each leg. Fisherman’s coats and waterproof wax jackets, plenty of corduroy, peacoats with shearling piping and seams, heat-pressed cable knits and ribbed wrap cardigans. 

The show was roughly in two halves, the early looks focusing on British country apparel and the second half consisting of more classically Roman attire. Here we got gorgeous pleated leather bombers matched with shimmering skorts, alongside glittery sheer polos and warm wool cardigans. Of course, the leather goods deserve some attention. The new Siesta bag flattens like a pillow and will be available in striped quilting or shearling. Two-tone and textured leather wash bags were carried as day bags, whilst the Peekaboo ISeeU Soft returned alongside the bevelled lines of the padded Baguette Soft Trunk.

On foot, it was all about those Wellingtons, produced in grain leather and traced with Selleria stitching up the ankle.

And perhaps Princess Anne would be a fan of Fendi’s latest technological innovation too, the new Fendi x Devialet Mania portable handheld speaker, which comes in brown and tobacco and will surely be perfect for listening to Radio 4 whilst Jeeping around the grounds of Balmoral.

GALLERYCatwalk images from Fendi MENS-FALL-WINTER-24