Fendi F/W 2015

It’s the new easy, with a Bloomsbury touch

Some people were suggesting Wes Anderson. Make that John Steed visiting his country estate, and enjoying himself when there.

There was no more luxurious collection in Milan this week – from the trench coat that looked like expensive corduroy but turned out to be reversible shearling to the drop dead gorge’ chalk stripe gents coat in silvery gray badger.

 

A big Milan trend, large scarves
A big Milan trend, large scarves

And all done with plenty of wit, we may add. From the male mostro, culled from women’s accessories – which came as halves of apples or lemons. And more expensive than the fruits – seeing one of these will set you back 600 euros. Or a pony-skin backpack with a volleyball peeking out.

 

Urban elegance by Fendi
Urban elegance by Fendi

Real modern luxury, where the pleasure was the sense that the new voluminous coats – all reversible – could easily just be tossed over a couch. Even if a far too precious styling meant that that key idea was muddied.

Yes, that’s a striped fur coat Fendi
Yes, that’s a striped fur coat

Designer Silvia Fendi was in an uber insouciant mood, in part because she’s spending lots of time in London visiting one of her younger daughters, a student in Bloomsbury.

Park gear as seen by Silvia Fendi
Park gear as seen by Silvia Fendi

“There’s one park I enjoyed visiting each day Russell Square, and the characters I have seen there have seeped into my thinking. It’s about an urban look but the desire to return to nature. That’s why I showed all those apples!” laughed the lean and tanned Silvia with a twinkle in her eyes.