Fendi go quirky yet modest with latest collection
Fendi gave sumptuous elegance a playful edge as they showed at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday (25Feb16).
The Italian fashion house showed a stunning selection of ensembles as it debuted its Autumn/Winter 16 Ready to Wear line, with models including Kendall Jenner the perfect clothes horses for the outfits.
Kendall kicked things off in a blue jacket that looked almost velveteen thanks to its soft fabric, trimmed with fur and worn over a patterned high-neck minidress. The look was topped off with a pair of thigh-high blue boots, unique in their design as they featured ruffles all over the front and round the heel. For a label so synonymous with accessories, Fendi didn't disappoint, with Kendall completing her outfit by carrying a patterned clutch bag. Some of the bags shown in the range were almost childlike in their design, thanks to their eye-catching colours and quirky shapes, with many of them also sporting striped straps to add even more interest.
The ruffle concept continued throughout the presentation, from a high neck orange blouse with a V-shaped ruffle on the front to a black silk dress with a ruffled neckline. Faux fur was also a big theme in the collection, with bags, coats and stoles in often bright colours.
Critics noted that modesty seemed to be important in the showcase, with barely any skin on show. Instead, the designers appeared determined to prove that even the most covered up ensemble can still look chic and, in some situations, sexy.
Earlier in the day, Max Mara showed. The Italian label is known for being very classic, with its overcoats and tailoring among their most famous and desired items. However, it has tried to move beyond its conservative ideal in recent months, and showed the result of this as it debuted their Autumn/Winter 16 range in the Italian city.
While there were obviously still coats in the collection, they were brought into the future thanks to the colours, fabrics and accessories used. One such outfit saw a stunning gold long overcoat worn over a camel-coloured coat. The model wore dark burgundy lipstick and had her raven hair in a sexy side sweep. Contouring added to the overall effect of the look.
Colour was also an important part of the new collection, with one trouser suit in a stunning green and another in yellow, with a shiny coat in the same shade worn on the top. Another standout item was an eye-catching orange coat worn over a black minidress and clashed with blue gloves and red patent shoes.
Stripes also featured heavily, from adorning the side of a pale pink pair of wide-leg trousers to forming the entirety of a stunning knitted waistcoat in black, white, orange and grey.