An image of Albert Einstein laying carefree on the beach –bare legged and in sandals – lay pinned on Silvia Venturini Fendi’s mood board backstage. “Sun and fun”, Fendi said and true enough, the Italian stalwart took her summer dressing very seriously, as evident from her menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2017.
Unapologetically summery, the collection was made of easy breezy silhouettes; lots of airy blousons, parkas and coats that swished with movement, perfect for long days spent outside. Shorts revealed bare legs, while shirt-jackets were structured ever so slightly to counter-balance the fluidity of the rest of the collection.
These may sound like a typical summer wardrobe, except Fendi made everything reversible, from bucket hats to quilted coats and silk foulards. Stripes are a major motif in the collection, but the Pequin stripes (a perennial favourite) that are applied as vibrant, hand-drawn patch-like patterns on suitcases deserve special mention. Meanwhile, terry cloths make a cooler replacement for fur, while silk tracksuits, caftans and leather-rimmed sunglasses – the first in the men’s Eyewear Collection – inject an exoticism that’s only appropriate for the holiday-ready collection.