fendi: Milan Fashion Week: Fashion giant Fendi grabs eyeballs with sharp, masculine suits at womenswear fashion show

Milan kicked off its leg of the month-long catwalk calendar on Wednesday, with Italian luxury label Fendi deconstructing masculine tailoring at its womenswear fashion show.

Milan Fashion Week follows New York and London events in which designers have been presenting their creations for autumn/winter 2023-2024.

At Fendi, designer Kim Jones added pleated skirt aprons and trains to tailored trouser suits as well as shoulder-baring sleeves to waistcoats.

There were also boiler suits with skirts, slashed knits with halter necks, draped and ribbed dresses, as well as Mac coats adorned with sparkling sequin lining.

In show notes, he said he was inspired by the way jewellery designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi wore her family label’s archive items. Jones works alongside Delettrez’s mother and the founding family’s scion, Silvia Venturini Fendi, who looks after menswear and accessories, at the Rome-based label.

“It’s deconstructed but luxurious. There’s a little nod to punk and my admiration for DIY, but moved on towards something chic,” Jones said in the notes.

“The first day that Delfina walked into work, she was wearing blue and brown and I thought she looked so great. There’s a chicness but perversity to the way she twists Fendi, which is what I love.” Jones’ colour palette mainly stuck to pale blue, greys, cream, brown and black. He added dabs of bright colours with pink and orange dresses.

Milan Fashion Week will host more than 50 catwalk shows, including by big names such as Giorgio Armani, Prada, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, over the next few days, wrapping on Feb. 27.

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