FENDI is no stranger to doing things differently and for its Men’s Fall/Winter 2022-23 collection, designer Silvia Venturini certainly proved it. Reimagining future heirlooms and gentleman’s wardrobe for a neo-dandy riff on perennial classics, the recent runway show, in which Italian artist Nico Vascellari designed and directed the art, showcased a new form of menswear. Blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary silhouettes, the FENDI Men’s Fall/Winter 2022-23 show took luxury fashion back to Milan, set to an exclusive live soundtrack designed by Alessandro Cortini.
Designed to ‘disrupt the formality of traditional menswear’, the new men’s fall/winter collection takes aim at the archetype of modernity. Throughout the collection, there is a consistent focus on shades of black and cream, burgundy, raspberry, mocha, taupe, and white which FENDI claims forms a rich, understated palette. Throw in the brand’s iconic blend of texture and bold graphic statements and it’s easy to see the FENDI influence shine through. Traditional fabrics and weaves like Vichy check tweeds and hound’s tooth suiting, alongside satin tuxedo trims and striped silk jacquards, take center stage, while Venturini has also opted to incorporate the O’Lock chain motif as a new monogram.
But the real star of the show is the embrace of contemporary tailoring. The new FENDI Fall/Winter 2022-23 collection revamps the strict lines with a new softness, complemented by modular garments. There are blazers that morph into flat capes and an uncharacteristic pair of wide trousers that sway with a half-skirt in tow.
The unusual approach flows through to the outerwear, as well, with pieces copping a dropped shoulder silhouette highlighted by Dolman sleeves. Some of these have even been adorned with 3D pearl and diamond digital prints for an added touch of luxury. From there, it’s an exploration of the extra, from the cropped double-breasted jackets and super high-waist formal trousers to the tailcoats worn over Mary Jane brogues closed with wristwatch straps.
But that is not all. The FENDI Men’s Fall/Winter 2022-23 also features an accessories collection, most notably embraced through the Peekaboo bag. Pared-back in its most architectural form to date, the much-loved carry-all reemerged in solid smooth and grain leathers highlighted by the FF logo paneling. While the Baguette is upsized as an FF-embossed soft trunk and shrunk as an exotic miniature chain bag together with the signature rigid trunk in metal and plexiglass.
In a sign of things to come, however, FENDI didn’t stop at just unveiling new pieces. The runway show also marked a world first as both the O’Lock motif and Baguette design are transformed into luxury tech accessories for the LEDGER Nano X, a digital hardware wallet for cryptocurrency and digital assets. Who knows, maybe FENDI NFTs are on the way?