F for Fendi, F for For­ever

Your day bag op­tions just got a whole lot more in­ter­est­ing

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Fendi’s Au­tumn/Win­ter 2017 col­lec­tion was all about go­ing back to ba­sics. Not in the ba­nal, pared-back sense – this is Fendi, af­ter all – but by turn­ing the spot­light to­wards the house’s trade­mark crafts­man­ship and sto­ried her­itage. To that end, Karl Lager­feld gave us skil­fully cut boxy tai­lor­ing in rich her­itage fab­rics (her­ring­bone, tweed, Prince of Wales checks), beau­ti­ful graphic print silks in­spired by Vi­en­nese wood­block print­ing and 18th-cen­tury Ital­ian pa­piers dominotés and sump­tu­ous in­tar­sia fur looks in warm au­tum­nal hues, while cre­ative di­rec­tor of ac­ces­sories and menswear at Fendi, Sil­via Ven­turini Fendi, worked her ge­nius on ac­ces­sories. The re­sult: those sig­na­ture strik­ing patent red thigh-high boots that’ll be walk­ing their way into the wardrobes of women the world over, metal­lic F-logo hoop ear­rings and la­dy­like yet mod­ern bags that per­fectly com­ple­mented the A-line skirt and trouser suits, dou­ble-breasted wool coats, cropped cro­chet sweaters and ex­quis­ite di­aphanous gowns on the cat­walk.

Of the bags, two new sil­hou­ettes shown for the first time dur­ing Mi­lan A/W ’17 Fash­ion Week im­me­di­ately went to the top of our new sea­son shop­ping list for their knack in com­bin­ing fresh­ness with trans-sea­sonal longevity. The first, the Run­away bag, is a dou­ble-han­dled, goes-with-ev­ery­thing box tote that mod­ern work­ing women will love. It has a clean, struc­tured shape, sleek geo­met­ric lines and sharp out­lined edges, and comes in a range of nappa leather hues and ex­otic skins, in­clud­ing crocodile leather and hand­painted python. But it’s also com­pletely func­tional thanks to its light­weight yet roomy sil­hou­ette, made pos­si­ble by in­ter­nal mi­crofi­bre lin­ing. This means that you’ll be able to tote along all your work­ing essentials with­out hav­ing to worry about the bag weigh­ing you down through­out the day, while the front and in­ter­nal pock­ets can stow smaller items like your keys, iPhone and credit cards.

What we love most about the Run­away bag though, is its dual han­dles. When you want to chan­nel chic, grownup so­phis­ti­cate, opt for the shorter top han­dle strap, which is punc­tu­ated by two shiny ‘F is Fendi’ lo­gos fin­ished in pal­la­dium or gold, then sim­ply switch to the longer ad­justable shoul­der strap for a more ca­sual week­end feel. Both Run­way straps come with de­tach­able spring clips so you can mix and match with var­i­ous other Fendi straps.

Sit­ting right at the top of our wish­list along with the Run­away is the Triplette bag. Two are usu­ally bet­ter than one, but in Fendi’s case, three is best: a set of three grad­u­at­ing sized pouches held to­gether by a round snap hook in form of a large ‘F is Fendi’ han­dle in gold or pal­la­dium, to be ex­act. Crafted from leather in shades of red and white and mul­ti­coloured python skin, this clutch is guar­an­teed to make any out­fit pop. Pare down your essentials and use it for day by pair­ing with denim jeans, a band tee and an­kle boots or stow it in your Run­away tote for a speedy of­fice-to-evening tran­si­tion. If such time­less ver­sa­til­ity isn’t rea­son to keep these bags around for­ever, we don’t know what is.

Above: the Run­away bag. Right and left: the Triplette bag

Swing the Run­away bag by the short top han­dle for a chic day­time look

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