Fendi Reflections, Spring/Summer 21 by Aybuke Barkcin

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Fendi signalled a new beginning with white curtains and angelic garments. Silvia Venturini Fendi debuted her Spring/Summer 2021 collection Reflections, a first for the brand in 54 years without Karl Lagerfeld. The collection was presented in a room covered with white curtains, that made us feel as if we were laying in our beds, staring outside through a window, watching the days pass by.

Models of all ages and sizes walked the runway, some of them wearing house coats, tunics and apron dresses… that gave the impression of being at the comfort of your own home. There were prints of shadows reflecting on garments and a lightness in the silhouettes. There was an domestic element in the collection, a feeling of hand-me-downs that were expressed through ingredients of lace embroidered linens, satin quilting, embossed knits.. Models were carrying bags of what looked like picnic baskets, crochet pouches, canvas luggages.

Silvia Venturini was celebrating family and all the little moments we shared in our homes with our loved ones. Before the show she said, “In such a dramatic moment, I think that talking about fashion only in terms of clothes is not appropriate” and she is right. Now more than ever, brands must prove that fashion has a positive impact on society.

Aybuke Barkcin

Aybüke Barkçin is an art director, photographer, curator and writer that looks at fashion through the lens of political and societal dynamics. She completed her master's Creative Direction in POLIMODA, Italy and has a background in International Relations and Graphic Design. Her work can be found in her website: https://www.aybukebarkcin.com/