Milan Men's Fashion Week: Fendi

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Silvia Venturini Fendi was inspired by academic dressing for Fall/Winter 2015. Not the formal gowns and mortar boards of ceremonial occasions, but a certain distillation of the long scarves, corduroy and tweeds of professors and staff going about everyday campus life. 

Shoes were sensible: lug-soled penny loafers, with a few sportier high top sneakers thrown in the mix. Fendi’s teacher duly arrived in a chunky, velvety take on corduroy tailoring, and a patchwork of different tweeds. 

Shearling jackets were joined by some highly desirable suede outerwear, which seems to be the new fur-collared coat when it comes to luxury winter dressing for men. In other ‘on trend’ news, there was also some of the hybrid style that has also been on the runway this season, with knit sweaters blending down into full furs by the waist with a gradient effect.

Key to the collection’s success were the cheeky little touches like the fabric apples (‘for teacher’, we presume) attached to caramel leather bags (alongside the ‘Bag Bugs’), and the soccer balls poking out of the mesh compartments in the fur backpacks (had they been confiscated?). The intarsia sweaters were worn on their own or paired with shirts and ties that came striped and with a certain retro appeal. 

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