MILAN, Italy – Editors were stuck in rush-hour traffic dashing to Fendi’s Fall 2020 show, but upon walking inside the venue it was impossible not to feel relaxed. Plush pastel pink couches greeted guests with everything from the runway to the walls painted the shade, our first hint at Silvia Venturini Fendi’s feminine theme for the collection.
As models wove their way through the runway, it was apparent that Fendi has picked up where other shows hadn’t. While most have included women of all ethnicities, almost none have varied in size. But at Fendi came Paloma Elsesser and Jill Kortleve – both of whom were shared more than any other women of the night – as well as runway veterans Carolyn Murphy, Liya Kebede and Mariacarla Boscono.
Australia’s newest supermodel Adut Akech was included and, of course, Fendi regulars Bella and Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber, a muse of the late designer Karl Lagerfeld, who closed the show.
Perhaps the most eye-catching part of the night was the model’s beauty looks, with each wearing padded headbands in silk, leather, and suede and intricate up-dos, which couldn’t have been easy to create in the limited time between Prada and Fendi’s shows.
Though the collection was, as predicted, feminine – the show notes revealed that Fendi cited “soft power” as a starting point – with pink tassle dresses, butter yellow coats and lashings of lace, so too was it bold. Big, structured coats and leather skirts were scattered throughout, perfectly demonstrating Fendi’s overarching theme: There’s strength in softness.
The most coveted look on the runway? Bella Hadid’s Matrix-inspired leather coat.