Friday 22nd September

| BY Jack Moss

Fendi: Ready-to-Wear SS18

An explosion of stripes. There really is no other way to describe Fendi’s SS18 offering this afternoon. A lie, actually, try this – press release: “Italian Futurism meets tropical travel” or us: not so much words, but take our involuntary groan of pleasure pre-, post-, during- the show as sign that the show was really very good. No surprise – Fendi’s clothes are always next level.

Back to stripes – they were central, and they looked good, looping in different directions around sheer shirts or ruffled gowns, or across perfectly-cut fur coats. In Fendi-land, fur is year-round. But this was also tropical, a holiday offering – “a swirl of Caribbean flavour and colour,” says the release – hence the the sheer blouses that were cut like boxy Hawaiian shirts or the glorious colour palette of sea-foam green, coral pink, sand.

The futurism came through in sharp, peplum suiting – also striped and cinching the waist, giving a feminine silhouette. That same cut of tailoring was repeated in ultra-rich fur that managed to look light as air, which is no mean feat. And yes, the Fendi lady may have hung up her red thigh-high boots this season, but don’t be fooled by her coy demeanour. She’s still sexy – it’s just that this time she’s playing peek-a-boo and teasing us with what’s underneath. Naughty!

Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans