We often hear about fashion’s easy relation to architecture, but Fendi has one-upped the notion through its recent collaboration with NY design firm Aranda/Lasch. The installation, a group of pyrite-shaped structures casually covered in Silvia Fendi’s specially-designed fur tapestries, has already made appearances in Venice and Miami. Now it’s taking a turn at the brand’s Fifth Avenue flagship, complete with a live show of skillful handiwork.
To accompany the project, Fendi has designed a special peek-a-boo frame bag and matching scarf, each made partially of Washi, a luxurious medicinal textile from Japan. The fabric has never been previously used in a fashion application and is printed with Aranda/Lasch-designed geometric shapes. Benjamin Aranda, one half of the design studio’s brain, is a first-timer to fashion. “I’ve learned a lot more about materials and the creative process through this experience,” he said.
Sadly these pieces aren’t for sale, but what you can take away from the Modern Primitives installation is the experience of watching Fendi’s craftsmen sew leather using the brand’s famous Sellaria stitch, creating additional coverings for the ever-growing exhibition.
What’s more, the installation is doing double-time in the store’s shoe department, functioning as incredibly highbrow seating. Quite the luxe way to cut through this latest cold front--warming your derrière on some legendary Fendi fur while trying on the brand’s bright and cheery spring accessories. Take that, winter.