Having worked as a consultant in Fendi’s accessories department for 15 years, Marco de Vincenzo surely has run his fingers over some of the finest furs and precious skin on the face of earth. For fall, he challenged himself to go artificial, which unlocked a playful, psychedelic side to this versatile designer.
He employed fake fur, fake pony skin and fake python, and carved tinsel-texture Lurex into intricate intarsia coats with spots resembling those on the back of Dino from “The Flintstones.” Serious animal prints these aren’t.
“It’s like wearing a teddy bear,” de Vincenzo said backstage as he showed his full-length faux furs with their heart-shaped lapels, one with orange foxes curled up around the hem.
While at times childish, this collection was also one of de Vincenzo’s most complete, demonstrating his range. Beyond the fun furs was chic daywear – sleek maxi coats in splotched tweeds, frothy shirtdresses and ruffle-front blouses — through to sexy cable-knit tube dresses layered over sequined slips.
The designer also introduced his first handbag, a compact style with a flap shaped like a cartoon bear paw. Vincenzo said his leather goods will be produced in the same factories Fendi uses, as the Roman house’s parent, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, owns a significant minority stake in his business and has propelled its development.
Indeed, de Vincenzo let slip that he plans to open his first boutique this summer – in Paris.