Thought You Couldn’t Wear Couture? Fendi Has Other Ideas With This New Collection

The limited-edition capsule is available for two weeks only.

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by Laura Antonia Jordan |
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Suggested reading material for you this spring: Virginia Woolf’s seminal 1928 novel Orlando. It was the modernist masterpiece that provided the inspiration for Kim Jones’ Fendi spring/summer 2021 couture collection, which was unveiled in January on a superstar cast including Naomi Campbell, Kate and Lila Grace Moss and Demi Moore.

Alas, most of us will never get close to a couture dress. And as for wearing one? Forget about it. It is the essence of 1% dressing. But there is good news, because now Jones is translating the codes and sensibility of his debut couture collection into a limited-edition ready-to-wear capsule, making this your first opportunity to get hold of the superstar designer's Fendi designs.

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Fendi Limited-Edition Capsule ©Fendi / Brett Lloyd

What to expect then? ‘A reflection of the timeless elegance introduced at couture: a contemporary homage to British creativity and Italian glamour’ according to the house. What this looks like is the ultimate post-lockdown collection (something he also made a compelling case for in his AW21 ready-to-wear debut); crisp cotton shirting and sharp cady and wool silk tailoring alongside fluid, exquisitely draped satin dresses all in a strict black and white palette.

If you’ve been promising to pare back for the past year, consider this your impetus to finally do it. Right now it’s about buying less and buying better: who couldn’t see the collection’s nipped in, off-the-shoulder jacket claiming instant forever status in their wardrobe?

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Fendi Limited-Edition Capsule ©Fendi / Brett Lloyd

Also starring are ballet flats (the shoe of the summer, FYI) which come embossed with beaded monograms, while knee-high satin boots are as sophisticated as they are sexy. The appetite for power pearls shows no sign of slowing down, pledge allegiance to the movement in the capsule’s baroque jewellery.

Of course, the house of Fendi will always be a byword for excellent bags. Fendi fans will be thrilled to see that the iconic Baguette and Peekaboo styles are released in limited-edition versions with prints inspired by Charleston, the East Sussex home of the Bloomsbury Group – which reopens to the public in May.

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Fendi Limited-Edition Capsule ©Fendi / Brett Lloyd

One word of warning: you might not want to pack away your running trainers just yet. The capsule will be exclusively available for a two-week period and in strictly limited quantities at select Fendi boutiques from today – so be quick.


SEE: The Highlights From Paris Couture Week

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Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf's collection was a love letter to the underground rave scene and 'inspired by parties that were and parties to come'. The looks were purposely given a slightly haphazard feel, as if hurried party-goers had grabbed garments from a pile and assembled their looks in haste to get out the door, and made use of the house's stock of archive materials, including fragments of vintage dresses and sweatshirts. NH

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For Kim Jones's debut as creative director at Fendi, the designer proved that a live-streamed show can almost be as spine-tingling as sitting front row at the real thing. There were OG supermodels alongside the new generation; Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss appeared, as did Moss' daughter, Lila Grace, Bella Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, Adwoa Aboah and Cara Delevingne. All walked on a runway that was flanked by individual glass compartments, where each model inhabited their own space. According to Fendi, this was to echo the overarching theme and inspiration which governed the collection: Virginia Woolf's Orlando – written as a love letter to Vita Sackville-West and intended as one of the main themes of 2020's Met Gala – as well as lifestyle she led with the Bloomsbury Group. These days, we are starved of magic in all its forms. How lovely, then, to be under Fendi's spell – even just for a few moments. HBW

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Armani Privé

In a usual year at the Cannes Film Festival, Armani Privé would get its second catwalk show of the year as actors swooshed down the red carpet wearing its gowns. That might not be on the cards in 2021, but Giorgio Armani still has form when it comes to frocks that demand both drama and an audience. He also, perhaps aware that opportunities for eveningwear are few and far between at the moment, provided his customer with some slightly more off-duty options, with several pairs of velvet trousers that would be make a smart substitute to whatever you've been wearing to work from home. Aware that the rarified world of couture is usually only open to a select few, Armani recognised the benefits of a digital-only showing in his show notes: 'Couture is rooted in fashion history. It represents the pinnacle of creativity and sartorial skill, but is a world available to only very few. Today, through the democracy of the internet, we are able to offer a front row seat to everyone.' NH

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If you thought a global pandemic could kill off the heel, Pierpaolo Piccioli has two words for you: 'think again'. For his latest couture collection for Valentino, Code Temporal, the designer paired almost every look - and there were a whopping 73 of them - with statuesque platform stilettos in magpie metallics. Having said that, he did explore a slightly more down-to-earth mode of dressing. Alongside the princess-shaped gowns and opera gloves, he also presented garments that mere mortals like us have probably been wearing a lot of over the past few months - polo necks, trench coats, sweater vests and knit dresses in the dreamiest palette of pastels, neutrals and the occasional neon. NH

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Giambattista Valli

When it comes to spectacle and gowns that have real swoosh, Giambattista Valli is always one of the most hotly-anticipated shows on the couture schedule. Yesterday's video was no exception. Models wearing the most breath-taking dresses, with hair that blossomed with bows and flowers, twirled next to a dancer. 'The presence of the dancer embodies the idea of a messenger of Olympus who seeks to unveil memories, new emotions and spirits in the soul of the Valli creature,' read the show notes. NH

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Iris Van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen found inspiration from the natural world for her spring couture collection, partnering with Parley for the Oceans, an organisation that raises awareness about the beauty and fragility of our oceans, to use recycled plastics for the first time. Speaking to Vogue, Van Herpen said that the quality of sustainable materials is now so good that it's a matter of making the decision to switch: 'Basically, there's not a lot of reason not to use sustainable materials anymore, other than changing your mindset,' she says. NH

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For his third couture collection for Schiaprelli, Daniel Roseberry wanted to pay homage to the tradition of couture, while also exploding the clichés associated with the genre by introducing silhouettes and garments like bomber jackets and trousers. A a great innovator and technician, Elsa Schiaparelli made garments that, according to show notes, 'celebrate the joy of peacocking, the joy of showing off'. Roseberry's ab-tastic corsets, and his padlock-shaped minaudière, are surely a tribute to that kind of show-boating ingenuity. NH

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