“This is our corduroy,” Silvia Venturini Fendi said as she tugged the sleeve of a shearling coat whose texture had been etched to approximate the cloth’s distinctive pattern.
Trust the Roman house for a haute take on one of the hottest fabrics of the season: carved channels into myriad shearlings, making vertical lines its key print statement. Stripes enlivened hefty scarves — another big fall trend — as well as boxy collegiate blazers and woolen overcoats.
The elite craftsmanship was impressive, with shearling tufts tracing sweater seams, actual corduroy patchworked into eye-catching sport jackets, and spiky fur built into coat hoods for a Mohawk effect.
The deluge of luxurious textures and accessories was at times overwhelming — mental addition running quickly into the five figures to account for impossibly intricate shearling coats, fur scarves and crocodile peekaboo bags.
Thankfully, Fendi occasionally lightened the mood with plainer numbers — a suede trench, a tweed suit — and humorous touches, including an intarsia fur jacket made to resemble one of its monster-faced Bag Bugs and a backpack with a pouch big enough to hold a soccer ball — and it did. A Fendi one, of course.