Runway Report: Fendi SS18

Fendi’s Spring Summer 2018 collection walked with a semblance of Italian futurism. The shape and the cut as Karl Lagerfeld noted, led to a triangulation theme, as Silvia Venturini Fendi added that lightness is the story of the season. The collection adhered to the theme, emphasizing on triangular shoulders, inverted, triangular hems, cutouts and nipping into the waist.

The collection featured dresses, coats and skirts with design lines set at angles, walking among walls of geometric pastel paintings by Giacomo Balla. Crisscrossing lines were comprised into checkered patterns or added stripes. Flowers and multiple layers of transparency alluded to subtle femininity. Boxy silhouettes took reference from the ‘30s and ‘40s, with nods to the 1950s through portrait necklines.

Fendi Spring Summer 2018 show notes explained a merging of Italian futurism with tropical travel for this season, although the tropicality was less than subtle. Collection hues alluded to the theme with the inclusion of seafoam green, ocean blue, blush and sand. Laser cut fern leaves and gauzy Hawaiian shirts added to the subtle tropical referencing.

In technical expertise, the House is subpar with their ability to work with leather and fur on such a heightened design level. As each season, the fur walked the collection in various colors and overlays, including plaid and horizontally placed fur. Fur bomber jackets were stamped excessively in Fendi logo prints – an immediate lust-piece. A midi-length trench walked in a buttery, mahogany leather.

The collection in it’s entirety was satisfying, as a wink to Italy’s Modernist painter, Giacomo Balla.

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Jennifer Paccione is a fashion editor who shares her time between New York City and Milan. She has been featured and published with respected magazines internationally in various languages. She currently acts as contributing editor for publications including Bulgari Magazine, The Fashionable Lampoon, Fashion to Max and RedMilk Magazine, whilst having contributed for NYLON and Editorialist. Alongside journalism, Jennifer freelances as a social media and digital marketing advisor, having already worked with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, among many. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferpaccione