Note to fashion industry: Think twice about an event in a high-rise building, especially if there’s only one elevator. Guests who braved the wait to reach Fendi’s presentation and fragrance launch on the 31st floor of the Pirelli Tower Monday night were rewarded with a staggering sunset panorama of Milan, live electronic music, and Gio Ponti’s Space Age architecture. It all fed Silvia Fendi’s futuristic theme, and a collection she intended to be “graphic, clean and very dry.”
These were hardly standard office uniforms. Painstakingly pieced squares of eel skin, improbably made into shorts and T-shirts in a victory-flag pattern, spoke to the Roman house’s impressive savoir faire, while a matte crocodile bomber jacket trumpeted extreme luxury. Trim suits and a breezy trench cut in crisp technical fabrics looked modern and wearable, but sometimes the future can leave one feeling a little cold.