The Good Life met The Royal Tenenbaums for a Fendi collection that went into the garden and unearthed its hidden glamour. Who knew Karl Lagerfeld had such green fingers?
And so out came his parade of flower pot women in their dungaree-riffing or pinafore dresses, stiff and straight, or apron-pocket leather skirts – ideal to keep one’s life in when one of the label’s roomy handbags, clutches or mini purses isn’t to hand. But when they are, as today, they should be styled with a single stem flower poking out – a new proposition to rival that of Fendi’s ever popular key chain adornments, perhaps. But certainly a styling detail Fendi fans will love – and adopt.
There were impeccably cut long coats (and lots of them) of patchwork panels in tan, chocolate and black; there were fur ones too (cue Margot Tenenbaum); boots with wedge heels that curved back on themselves; and key chains to replicate the cylindrical and colour-blocked invitations.
Quilted puffa jackets got a serious outing (long and short), an idea which extended to strapless cocktail-style dresses, so that even on a fancy night out you’d still stay warm in the hands of Fendi. The coats themselves put forward an easier solution for getting out of bed come winter if stepping into one of these was an option – from one duvet to another.
But just as much as there was a practically – in terms of references and execution – there was sophistication. It is Fendi, after all. Leather headbands to pull back gently teased hair; elbow-length gloves that fringed into fuzz; essentially ways to segue the outdoors indoors and vice versa.