Walking into Fendi’s informal resort presentation, you realize how, at a certain level, practicality really doesn’t matter. A long, multicolored striped mink coat with short, hand-trimmed layers at the hem, where would one even wear such a thing? If you can afford it, does it really matter? Sometimes owning a piece as special and luxurious as this is enough. It wouldn’t be the first, or last, time desire trumped reason.
This exquisitely crafted coat was part of a group of looks inspired by the jungle, which means they featured a cacophony of textures, colors, and materials. Take the T-shirt and wrap skirt expertly patchworked in shards of ten different python skins. Or the mink baseball jacket with bands in different shades running vertically on the body and contrasting knit sleeves in python patterns. Or, for that matter, the T-shirtdress caked in sequins of varied hue, size, and texture, creating a wild, tangled mosaic of animal prints. Busy? Absolutely. But it’s impossible not to appreciate the work that went into these things.
Plus, look closely and there actually is a somewhat sporty sensibility lurking within the silhouettes: T-shirt, wrap skirt, baseball jacket, T-shirtdress. So although they may be handcrafted in the highest quality leather, skins, and furs, they feel quite in line with everyday life. Which only goes to show that sometimes the best fantasies incorporate a little reality.
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