As the day drew to a close, we headed out of the Fortezza de Basso, the main exhibition area for Pitti Bimbo, to the Tepidarium del Roster, a beautiful butterfly house, for the Fendi catwalk show. As we walked down the gravel path, we were greeted by waiters holding trayfuls of lemon ices, the perfect cooling refreshments in the still sweltering heat.
The Fendi catwalk show is always a highlight and this season's collection didn't disappoint. Shades of new demin were in evidence with soft faded Chambray, worn with gentle shades of emerald green and coral to add contrast. The entwined double F logo appeared in subtle tone-on-tone colours, and in delicate miniature on dresses, shirts and linings. There was a new take on the casual with harem-pant style tracksuit bottoms, alongside demin jeans in all shades of blue, green and cream.
For girls, there was a trio of pretty dresses in soft turquoise, green and coral with frilled sleeves, a tie-waist and visible zip detail at the back. There was also a lovely dress in white georgette, with the polka dot theme replaced by hearts. There were lots of gorgeous accessories, too, in logoed saddle bags for boys and cute little Herve Chapelier-style bucket bags for girls, as well as trainers, plimsolls and pretty sandals with butterfly details that echoed our location.
Finally, there was a musical theme as a young model wearing a Fendi music score print dress paraded down the catwalk, while a live orchestra of young musicians enthusiastically serenaded from behind a silk screen. Another triumphant and perfect executed collection from Fendi.