It’s Darkness vs. Light at Fendi this season. Artist Nico Vascellari transformed the Fendi headquarters into an inky black grotto filled with sketched handrawings of demons, snakes, and clawed frogs in a mysterious backdrop for the Spring 2019 menswear show. Playing cards and dice added to the allure of the dark mystical theme; with Fendi’s trademark monster depicted as King, Silvia Fendi as Queen, and the iconic Karl Lagerfeld himself as the “JoKarl.” The artist incorporated clever wordplay in the form of anagrams spelling out “AMOR” from “ROMA”, and “FIEND” from “FENDI” across street style-savvy t-shirts and sweaters.
At Fendi, logo-mania is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and the storied fashion house is proudly at the forefront of the trend. For spring, the label went full force sending out ensembles pairs of short sleeved shirts emblazoned with the signature double F logos, along with cardigans, short shorts, socks, hats, and crossbody bags in matching patterns. Even toe socks had “FENDI” spelled out across each toe.
Another major trend is the emergence of transparent materials lending an ultra-modern, and somewhat futuristic vibe to many pieces for Spring 2019. Perforated leather shirting and jackets provided a new spin on the concept, slashing the weight and opaqueness so that pieces layered underneath also get their spot in the limelight. Printed tees with playing card graphics peek out from under perforated outerwear for a sporty, athletic look that combines ultimate style with a practical extra layer for anything the weather might unexpectedly throw your way.