The house of Fendi celebrated its decades long creative relationship with Karl Lagerfeld, who served as both inspiration, as well as contributor to the Fall 2019 menswear collection. Highly personal mementos from the Lagerfeld partnership were collaged onto suitcases, plastic trenches, and puffers from the many notes and images the designer sent over the years to the house of Fendi. The collection incorporated Lagerfeld’s personal style from his Caraceni years, Comme des Garçons, Undercover, Number (N)ine, and of Hedi Slimane’s new silhouette Dior Homme.
The collection centered around a theme of of duality. Asymmetry was one of the main focuses, with Lagerfeld’s idea for a double-breasted jacket with a shawl collar on the right side and a notched lapel on the left. Many of the suits, shirts, and shearling jackets had a 50/50 split, featuring one fabric on one side and another on the other half. “Dualism is in the DNA of Fendi, under every form,” says Venturini Fendi.
The tailoring itself had a fresh modern take on contemporary menswear dressing, as seen in the monochromatic wool suits woven with silver threads and nylon. Fendi’s signature brown palette was modernized with pops of bright red and electric blue to provide a sleek contrast. Sheer and iridescent silk organza lent a precious aspect to many of the shirts, hats and puffer coats. The more dynamic looks include a copper leather anorak styled with a crossbody bag, and gold tuxedo striped trousers, topped by aviator sunglasses. Silvia Venturini Fendi made a strong case for the man bag, sending a series of envelopes, clutches and duffel bags down the runway with many bearing the iconic FF logo. This season a new printed, velvet, and shearling man-sized Fendi Baguette was added into the mix. Logo mania continues to reign supreme with both a calligraphy style monogram and the new futuristic Fendi logo.