Collection Report: Spring/Summer ’20—Spark The World’s Crucial Dialogues

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“I want women to feel natural and good in these clothes.” – Silvia Venturini Fendi

Silvia Venturini Fendi’s first womenswear collection following the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, a ’70s remix of the house’s classic pieces

Inspired by the Italian sunrise, Fendi Spring/Summer ’20 signalled a new beginning for the Italian luxury brand. It was Silvia Venturini Fendi’s first solo womenswear collection following the passing of Karl Lagerfeld last year. The collection explored timeless ensembles of the ’70s in the form of classic and sometimes sporty shapes and silhouettes. Revelling in the refraction of blown-up gingham and block-cut blanket flowers, flurries of graphic geometry invited a sensual play of transparency, perforation, weaving, and knits. Pockets and hemlines floated on honeycomb tulle creating artful suspensions, translating precious fur techniques into square twinset tailoring and ample jacket shapes bifurcated with diaphanous panels. At the end of the show, Venturini Fendi took her bow to the old The 5th Dimension hit, “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”, leaving everyone longing for the return of the warmth of spring.

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