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She’s the Man: Fendi’s strong, romantic women rule the catwalk in Milan. See pics

The feminist wave swept the Fendi show at the Milan Fashion Week with their emphasis on strong women in the collections for next fall and winter.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 24, 2018 10:13 IST
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Model Bella Hadid wears a creation as part of the Fendi women's Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection, presented during the Milan Fashion Week.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld caught the feminist wave at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday with their emphasis on strong women in Fendi’s collection for next fall and winter.

The idea is to dress a woman “who has more and more sway in society, who can defy men’s rules and take over,” said Venturini Fendi, the label’s co-artistic director with Lagerfeld.

A model presents a creation from the Fendi Autumn/Winter 2018 women collection during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

In a decor evoking a boudoir crossed with a private men’s club, the silhouettes were assertive, with square shoulders shaping the leather coats as well as the short and long capes in fur or Prince of Wales wool.

The look bestows “super powers on the Fendi Woman,” Venturini Fendi told AFP.

Models present creations from the Fendi Autumn/Winter 2018 women’s collection. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The kerchiefs worn around the neck in many of the creations recall a bygone era when women embroidered handkerchiefs to give to their men as they went off to war, she said.

As a motif, it is romantic while also saying women are assuming power, she said. “This woman does not stay at home and embroider, she is out in the street with her head high.”

A model presents a creation from the Fendi Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The motif reappears as the patchwork pattern of a flowing white dress that’s both girlish and business-like.

Feminism comes naturally to Fendi, which was founded by five sisters in 1946 building on their parents’ fur and leather shop.

Models present creations from the Fendi Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

“I’ve never made a difference between men and women, so it’s natural for me to support these struggles when they re-emerge,” Venturini Fendi said, referring to the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment.

After the show, Serge Brunschwig, who was named Fendi’s new chairman and CEO on February 19, appeared backstage to greet Venturini Fendi and Lagerfeld.

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First Published: Feb 24, 2018 10:12 IST