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Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2013 men’s collection, designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi is a seeming nod to the days when labor-hardened men in bedecked leather and fun wandered the Scottish Highlands.
Fendi’s ongoing exploration of fabric technologies was apparent in the merging of disparate patterns and textures. Wool, tartan, leather, and fur were front-and-center in the modern-edged, rustic collection. In acknowledgment of the origins of the design house – which began as a furrier and leather goods company – the brand presented a luxurious beige leather carrier bag with fur detail along the front side panel.
Seamless combinations of unlikely fabrics like plaid, wool, and cotton were sensibly blended in a deep red dress shirt, which was complemented by a similarly tri-textured tie. These uncommon combinations were definitive of the collection and its contemporary re-imagining of dated looks.
Fendi also took a cue from women’s wear. A fur muff was shown alongside an architectural wool sweater-scarf that covered half of the model’s face. The look was also paired with a sleek two-button jacket whose precise tailoring and ever-so-slightly flared waist was vaguely reminiscent of the peplum trend. Decadent fur boots were combined with slouchy leather pants and a hooded fur jacket to create a slightly harder-edged look.
The standout of the collection was undoubtedly the fishermen’s cape; an incredibly refined homage to the fishermen poncho of yore. The voluminous outerwear was offset by a sharply tailored dress pant and fitted double-breasted suit jacket.
Known for their iconic baguette bag, Fendi did not disappoint with its accessories. Using the same range of materials found in the clothing line, the bags ranged from structured carryalls to hip sacks and attaché cases perfect for iPads.