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Fendi Womenswear SS13

A mind-blowing collection from another dimension

Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism takes a detour via Rome for Spring/Summer 13, in Fendi's multi-dimensional collection of juxtaposed lengths, overlay and architectural interplay. The house is known for its contrast of materials, from the exotic – this is arguably the most prestigious furrier in the world, certainly the most innovative – to the industrial. Fur marquetry, inlaid taffeta, neoprene bonded leather, superlight crocodile nappa, tiled knitwear and three dimensional sequin embroidery featured, alongside explosion prints, as shoes were described as having a 'detonating heel' in rubber. The aura of 80s European New Wave was set to a total Grimes soundtrack, in another multi-dimensional aspect – this was past, present and future all at once. Canadian DIY maverick Claire Boucher might be interested in a paint-your-own Baguette from the collection, Fendi's own take on Do It Yourself (yes, it exists). "Fendi's use of fur and leather and technical ability to manipulate these materials bares no comparison," says Dazed's senior fashion editor Robbie Spencer. "I love the way they took these traditionally heavy materials and made them so light and delicate for a summer collection with such a beautiful palettes of pastels and metallics." Dazed Digital spoke to Silvia Venturini Fendi backstage...

Dazed Digital: Tell us about the mood of the Spring/Summer collection...
Silvia Venturini Fendi:
It's about working with perspective and cleaning-up. For instance, with the bags I took away the Baguette buckle to make it very clean but you can still immediately recognise it. The shape of the clothes is about dual dimension, with hems that are shorter and longer at the sides. Plus very strong accessories and an explosion of colour; the explosion is also in the print, in a myriad of tones. The shoes are architectural, super geometric heels with rubber cubes...

DD: This idea of contrasting materials is very important to Fendi...
Silvia Venturini Fendi:
It is. Almost every piece is made by combining two fabrics. The fur coats in sheared mink are neoprene inside.

DD: That must feel really fluid on...
Silvia Venturini Fendi:
Yes, very nice! It also gives a strong colour inside. Very new.

DD: Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?
Silvia Venturini Fendi:
I'd wear one of the beautiful furs. It's like having a painting on, a piece for life.

Photography Piotr Niepsuj