Call it the pool party of the season.
Fendi’s spring ’17 men’s collection included fake AstroTurf and a lap pool, which models walked around (the pool was even fitted with a Fendi-branded diving board). As for the looks, poolside chic was the message: We saw leather pool slides and sandals, bucket hats, striped motifs, wet hair, oversized canvas beach totes and silk shirts printed with mosaic tile trims.
While last season Fendi took on the house slipper, this season saw the summer pool shoe get a luxurious treatment. Of course Fendi wouldn’t do any old flip-flop. Leather slides had tubular stitching that created a plushy upper, while crisscross straps were two-toned. Some of the sandals were paired with quilted puffer trenches or wooly robes with floral-embroidered pockets, a major update from mummifying one’s self in a beach towel. The pants, meanwhile, were baggy and billowed in the wind from the fans lining the room.
Given sneakers is a huge portion of the business, the Italian brand also experimented there this season. Low-top courts had side cutouts in the shape of squiggles, and the laces were tied around the ankle. Loafers were reworked into slip-on mules, a style that feels fresh in the menswear scene after being a trend in womenswear for so long.
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