As expected, the first Fendi Autumn Winter catwalk show attracted the biggest audience (Fendi launched childrenswear at Pitti in July 2011). The famous monogrammed FF was everywhere from the backdrop to the clothes. First to appear were girls in blazers, jeans and Wee Willy Winky bobble hats. A smart peacoats with brass buttons was worn with over the knee socks, and accessoried with a furry teddy bear.
The logo was present in some all-over designs on fabric, sometimes in a patchwork mix, very long scarves and hats, or on pockets, moon boots, linings and elbow patches of tweed jackets. The mood was playful and upbeat, with a Jools Holland-style jazzy piano version of Prince's When Doves Cry and George Michael's Faith.
The colour palette was mostly black and grey, with touches of purple and plum, as well as some oliver green. One girl wore what appeared to be a very classic plain navy A-line dress, but as she turned on the catwalk there was a playful trompe-l'oeil Fendi shoulder bag print on her dress. There were also pretty chiffon dresses with delicated pleating details and long bell sleeves in pretty shades of champagne and pink.
For boys, there was refinement with the Fendi Dandy look, with herringbone and hound's tooth checks on jackets, and velvet and sateen for tailored trousers. For a more casual look, there were chunky ski knits in red and cream with the Fendi logo replacing the sometimes seen snowflakes! There was also a touch of military for the classic double-breasted coats with flaps and badges (naturally monogrammed) and a return to the classic camel coat mixed with khaki and denim.
The cute award has to go to the youngest model, a blond boy of about two wearing smart black trousers and a shirt, who wowed the crowd on the catwalk. He was clearly having so much fun in the limelight that he decided to do a repeat performance and instead of walking off backstage decided to walk down the runway a second time.
Finally, five girls came onto the stage each holding one of the letters to spell FENDI. While F and I stayed at the top of the stage, END to a final bow to signal the end to an impressive show.