Earlier this year it was announced that Kim Jones would be taking over Fendi. Since Karl Lagerfeld died Silvia Venturini Fendi has been helming the label that bears her family name. I have to say that each season has been better than the past and this collection has to be hands down my favorite not just from her tenure as sole creative director, but my favorite collection of the Spring 2021 season. I don’t think she, nor the house, needs Kim Jones to be successful. Silvia has been able to do at Fendi what Virginie Viard has not been able to do at Chanel. She is able to take inspiration from the late Lagerfeld and turn it into her own. She isn’t doing Fendi by Lagerfeld, but is using his memory as a jumping point. In a pre show interview with VOGUE Runway she said “This reminded me of Karl. He had a love for bed linen, he had a big collection.” That is exactly what she delivered. It was the ultimate lockdown luxe without compromising the houses tailoring. If we go back into a global pandemic lockdown again I would definitely want to wear the clothes that she sent down the runway in this collection. I was especially happy with the superb duvet inspired coats that did evoke the idea that the model had grabbed their comforter and walked down the runway, but that comforter was the most luxe thing ever created. There was a bit of a lingerie and sleepwear inspiration in many of the pieces that came down the runway. But it didn’t have an air of trash. It was all about strength and confidence with nods to sensuality. Even in the menswear looks we saw looks that evoked that same spirit. When it comes to seeing this collection on a red carpet there are definitely looks and pieces I would love to see stylists option, but ultimately I feel like this collection is much more geared toward a consumer than to the celebrity.My first wish is an excellent example of the more consumer side of this collection. This black suit which features a double breasted military inspired bodice blazer with structured peplum hips, and wide a-line sleeves and an a-line skirt with a split is definitely bankable. I feel like women in board rooms all over the world could make this look work. I definitely imagined Angelina Jolie pulling this suit off the runway and wearing it to one of the UN Goodwill Ambassador events that she attends regularly. Her signature soft waves, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Hot Chick’ scalloped detail pointed toe stiletto pumps, and a vintage white diamond bow and tassel brooch from Beladora would definitely put this look together perfectly for Angie.
To completely counter balance Angie I also see Billie Eilish rocking this soft grey floral chiffon pattern ensemble which features a car coat, button down shirt, and high waisted shorts. It’s a softer look for Billie, but I feel like it is totally within her wheelhouse. It would put her back up on the fashionista track. She can pull good labels I just want to see her not always wear a variation on the same thing. This ensemble is cool and I can definitely picture it being a major fashion moment for Billie with a pair of silver Fenty ‘Side Eye’ crystal vine detail sunglasses and white Christian Louboutin ‘Red Runner Donna Flat’ sneakers.There were several looks from this collection that screamed more causal than big red carpet looks. One was this sandy yellow and mud brown printed a-line dress which feature handkerchief cap sleeves, cutout sides & back, defined banded waist, and a below the knee length. It is a very chic fashion moment and something I could see Sarah Paulson rocking it for a more casual appearance. I would make it a little more glamorous styling it with a side parted blunt bob, defined eyes, light pink lips, a gold crystal embellished Judith Leiber smooth rectangle clutch, a pair of metallic gold leather Aquazzura ‘Gin 140’ platform chunky heel strappy sandals, and quirky yet glamorous Irene Neuwirth ‘Clementine Pavé’ drop earrings which feature hand-carved orange carnelian halves adorn with 18k white gold and diamond pavé bar with three 18k yellow gold leaves to really make this a super chic moment for Sarah.
I can also see this collection being a hit with many of the royals around the world. I think that the crisp tailoring in this collection is definitely something that the Royals would be drawn to. The chic sophistication of Fendi is on full display in this bold red military inspired pencil dress which features a high jewel neckline and a-line 3/4 length sleeves. It would be a gorgeous look on the absolutely gorgeous Queen Rania of Jordan. She has a very chic and sharp sense of style and I definitely can see her wearing this dress with glamorous waves, defined eyes, nude pink lips, and a pair of red crocodile embossed leather Jimmy Choo ‘Love 100’ pointed toe pumps. Silvia also showed her menswear on the runway this season after forgoing her slot on the runway during the menswear shows in July. There were definitely some super chic tailored moments. One that I loved was the black pajama inspired look which features a polo collar, cutout lace like details, large pockets, and straight leg trousers. It is a super chic look especially giving the world we live in. This look could go from the couch to date night to the red carpet. Machine Gun Kelly immediately came to mind when I was thinking who would be the perfect person to wear this look for a red carpet especially styled with a pair of black and white Christian Louboutin ‘Aurelien Strass Flat’ crystal embellished sneakers.
Finishing out the wishes from this collection is easily one of my favorite looks from the collection. If I was a woman I would definitely put this black and white ensemble which features a sheer floral embellished tank top layered over a white tank top and styled with a white tea length feathered skirt and a duvet inspired coat in my closet. Each piece has seemingly endless possibilities. Now I REALLY want to see this look hit the red carpet. It was one of my favorite looks this season. Now for the red carpet I would hand this look over to Yara Shahidi, minus the duvet coat. Yara has rocked some Fendi looks in the past and I would totally entrust her to make this a major fashON moment. Style it with big bouncy curly, smokey eyes, deep antique rose pink lips, a pair of white Amina Muaddi ‘Zula’ PVC trimmed strappy sculpted heel sandals, and a pop of color via Gismondi 1754 ‘Orecchini’ one of a kind emerald and white diamond drop earrings to really make this a MAJOR fashion moment. I couldn’t talk about this collection without quickly touching on the bags. Fendi is a bag house and this season Silvia shut down the bags. They were so amazing. I loved the yellow half mood bag, the lace veiled Baguette’s, and the crocheted evening bags. These bags are statements. They aren’t your standard ‘Peekaboo’ or ‘Baguette’ styles that Fendi sells internationally by the boat load. These are bags for the real rich ladies. These are bags that will be worth something one day.