Fresh off the tremendous success of this summer’s Fendi couture show in Rome—when Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi made models walk on water across the Trevi Fountain—the pair came back to Milan with another quirkily beautiful ready-to-wear collection. Its makings sound like an unlikely mix: utilitarian stripes and sporty knitted sock booties on the one hand, grand baroque brocades and lingerie silks on the other. But it was all deftly tied together with a result that came through as calm and curiously creative at the same time. As Lagerfeld ribbon-tied aprons of elaborate gilded fabric over gathered pants; applied leather flower embroidery onto a khaki jacket and a trenchcoat; and segued from a take on this season’s sheer floral-print dress to apricot ’20s-style silk lingerie-like pieces with cut-out butterflies on their bodices. Coming straight from the SS17 runway and into Parlour X, the silver and pink Fendi floral fill coupe ankle length skirt is the perfect example of the Italian fashion houses contemporary femininity. Cut to ankle length, featuring a full silhouette and woven with an array of pink floral motifs. Turn to the industries must fashionable, such as, Olivia Palermo, Jennifer Lawrence, Cara Delevingne, Elle Macpherson and style it with a tucked-in blouse and heeled boots for the most ladylike take. This SS17 season must-have is one, which Vogue says is the skirt du jour and thanks to celebrities like Alexa Chung and Miranda Kerr. The pick is Fendi’s Apron skirt – artfully crafted with jacquard design. It features a shape, which holds the voluminous fathered silhouette perfectly and is finished with an open back – the complete style statement. Tuck in a tie-neck blouse, and finish with velvet lace-up pumps for an elegant evening look to make either the Pandora pink/gold or gold colour ways really POP. Another skirt on this SS17 must-have radar is the Fendi Boudoir skirt – featuring a softly sprayed floral boudoir jacquard print in the colour way Clio. It’s cut from lightweight silk-chiffon to an ankle-skimming silhouette, and finished with a fixed waistband for total comfort and class. Keep the mood light with the brand’s long-sleeved floral boudoir jacquard blouse and leather slides. Stamps are back – fashion stamps, the fashion industry’s relationship with logos, branding and monogramming are back in a BIG way and Fendi’s logo-emblazoned medea/maya – navy/beige long-sleeved sweatshirt is designed with crew neck and a boxy silhouette as well as detailing ribbed features on both the neckline and cuffs. Wear it with the label’s trousers or full skirts to showcase the perfect day-to-evening look.
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