FENDI Men’s FW2015/16 Collection is tailored for an urban dreamer. He enjoys freedom. He is restless, also during his lunch break. All he needs is a blanket to rest on, an apple to eat, a soccer ball to play, a bag to carry the kit. Oh, and a park, but of course, no matter how big.
The collection merges lightness and precision, and features the staples of the masculine wardrobe interpreted in the FENDI way - deceiving the senses while pushing craft to the limits.
As ever, the focus is on texture: what looks like corduroy is in fact sheepskin or leather, while pinstripes are laser-cut 3d motifs and regimental stripes turn into intarsia; suede morphs halfway through into calf. From afar, everything looks familiar, but at a closer inspection it generates surprise.
The silhouette is soft and comfortable, all straight lines and rounded shoulders. Suits have boxy jackets and trousers that flare at the hem, while coats are sharp and exact. Tweed and club stripes pay homage to tradition but in untraditional ways. Protection characterizes outerwear.
A graphic sense of clothing as sum of parts is conveyed through contrast pockets on boxy jumpers and utilitarian slacks, or geometric applications on duvets. Utility is paramount: suede coats can be folded into zippered pouches or are completely reversible, blankets are in fact scarves and feature roomy pockets.
Tones of grey, blue, milk and tobacco build up the classic color palette. Fabrics are dense and tactile: felt, corduroy, tweeds, suede, sheepskin, mohair and shetland. Accessories are sturdy loafers with fur inserts and felt shoppers or backpacks with straps to hold blankets. The new apple and smiley furry bag charms surprise with an ironic touch.