Monday 16th December

| BY Dino Bonacic

Fendi: Pre-Fall 2020

Netflix’ The Crown should probably carry a warning: “Side effects of binge-watching may include a desperate need of being royal.” Speaking, dressing, walking – it’s all about embracing your inner Princess Royal in all her sassiness. In the wardrobe department: Fendi’s latest, Pre-Fall 2020 collection, telling the story of an aristocratic woman with a dual lifestyle. Apparently, Silvia Venturini Fendi loves her Netflix Originals…

During the day, she’s prim and proper in a mix of 1960s and 1970s references, with A-line hems and Peter Pan collars. The super-femme elements are contrasted with traditional menswear fabrics and subtle military accents appearing throughout suiting and outerwear. But as the night falls, the Fendi woman brings out her naughtier side. When getting ready for some serious royal duties, she turns to transparent tulle fabrics and childlike frilliness, toying with sensuality while revealing some not-so-royal amounts of skin.

And what’s a Fendi collection without the bags? Like her crown jewels, accessories follow lead from the retro ready-to-wear, with the Fendi Roma shopper bag making its appearance in both canvas and flannel, reminiscent of 1970s market bags with the luxury turned up to the highest levels. The line-up also includes distinctive sense of softness with the Baguette and Peekaboo silhouettes, which are available in knotted interlace and gingham patterns.