Silvia Fendi rolled out an endless carpet of long-haired goat fur — and cranked up the luxe factor on the clothes — for an energetic catwalk debut for the Roman house’s men’s collection.
Leaving cold futurism behind, the designer plied innovation into more enduring and rustic styles, winking to the British Isles in city-smart items like the Aran sweater that opened the show, needle punched to morph from knit to felt to shearling.
The tailoring was trim and youthful; the accessories playful, ranging from funky leather sneakers to handsome duffel bags in Selleria leather to huge fur mittens and hats.
Fur and leather were the main stars, exalted in some of the most intricate outerwear seen in Milan. “Every coat has a story,” she recounted backstage, noting many were reversible or realized via a special technique.
Consider a calfskin biker jacket, waxed and embroidered to mimic alligator skin. Asked if the labor-intensive marvel cost more than croc, she replied with a laugh: “Not more, but close.”