- Main color: Black
- Materials: Leather
- Dimensions: 11 1/2"W X 12 1/2"H X 4 1/2"D (30 cm W X 33 cm H X 12 cm D)
Under the design direction of Silvia Venturini Fendi, the house’s accessories took their cue from Karl Lagerfeld’s Barbarella–meets–Blade Runner runway spectacular, using a space-age palette of pearly silver, pink-gold and mauve-pewter and mixing tough warrior chic with quirky, romantic touches. The inventive takes on fur that dazzled on the catwalk—sprigs of fox planted in plastic, madcap hybrids like sable tufted with fronds of fox—also translated to bags and shoes. Yeti-like moon boots mixed Mongolian and Persian lamb or were dotted with luxurious blossoms of colored mink, while a dainty purse got roughed up with ombré goatskin. Chain-link evening purses scattered with steel beads had a Paco Rabanne flavor, but the armor effect was softened by the delicious pastel satin linings glinting through the metal mesh. Rabanne was also referenced via the metal hoops on an evening purse that sported an outrageous ankle-length fall of silken threads. (Flapper fringe was a strong trend of the season—a nod to Colleen Atwood’s Oscar-winning "razzle-dazzle ’em" costumes for Chicago.) Many of Fendi’s bags were constructed like pieces of clothing, the fabric pleated in loose armor segments or used in flaps that, with the click of a concealed clasp or two, transform a soft shoulder bag into a backpack. A ruched metallic leather purse was playfully named the Chef bag because it resembles an inverted toque. And even the signature Baguette got reinvented, this time with feathers trapped under clear plastic—a riff on the furs sandwiched between layers of plastic that showed up on the runway. Shoes too revealed some deft construction tricks—like cutting the leather of the upper in one piece with the high heel, leaving no visible seam until the inside of the heel, where it joins with cross-laced stitchery.