February 23, 2000
This season, opulence reigned supreme on the Fendi runway. Over the past few years, Fendi has become the ultimate word in high-end luxury and this collection didn't disappoint. Any of the optical dresses, A-line leather skirts and color-splotched furs would have been just the thing on the maiden voyage of the Concordeof course, they all look perfectly fabulous right now. Printed chiffon dresses, patent leather jackets and tweed suits--most cinched at the waist with gaudy gold belts--added to the sumptuous mix. The all-out decadent mood was reminiscent of the eighties, several prints were inspired by the sixties and the glamorous attitude was all seventies, but the spirit of the collection was anything but retro. The irreverent mixing and matching of references, and the skillful way in which colors and fabrics were treated, was absolutely of the moment and nothing short of brilliant.