Fendi Part II: Vintage and new

December 29th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
One of the new jackets from Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection is set next to a display of the Vintage Fendi Fur Collection. This green is one of my favorite colors. The jacket also comes in bordeaux and electric blue.

A show of vintage and new awaits visitors to Fendi Ala Moana Center from 1 to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, and Fendi Royal Hawaiian Center from 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3.

I dropped by earlier today for a chat with Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio, in town from New York to share the collections with Fendi fans.

Boronio worked with the Fendi sisters in Rome and said he retired in 2009, moving to Peru to enjoy a simple life. But a year into retirement, he got a call from the company requesting that he go back to work, in New York. He said it was not easy to return from a relaxed to hectic pace again, but said he was happy to share his expertise with a younger generation not accustomed to the world of luxury as lived and practiced in Europe.

That is, embracing the idea of everyday luxury, and not treating luxury as a distant, scary or stuffy sort of Holy Grail. In Europe, he said, people are more likely to play with fashion, and he was charged with teaching Americans how to play. It could be as simple as learning how to add luxury and expand your wardrobe by adding a splash of color and texture with a scarf.

Pieces from the Vintage Fendi Fur Collection set on dress forms.

Each color in this design from Fendi’s Vintage Fur Collection represents one piece of dyed mink, sheared so the texture is like an extremely soft, plush velvet.

On this skirt from the Fendi Fur Collection, panels of sheared mink are set next to hand-painted panels of sheer silk mesh in an amazing play of color and texture.

Models Mandy McGarry and Angela Byrd, with Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio, model pieces from Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2012 RTW collection.

Mr. Boronio shows how he likes to play with accessories, like wearing this cape on a diagonal rather than the symmetrical way most women would choose to wear it. This creates interest and makes it fashion, rather than utilitarian.

Of course we can’t forget the handbags, and Fendi is bringing back stripes and new materials in the latest iteration of its Baguette.

The Peekaboo bag opens to reveal bold color on the inside as well as the outside.

This bag mixes beads, leather and fur trim.

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