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The Fendi S/S13 Heel

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Fendi S/S13
Fendi S/S13 Photography by Piotr Niepsuj

Somewhere between a Man Ray painting and a constructivist tower stands the S/S13 Fendi heel: a 10cm cubic pylon of silicone rubber, constructed from stacked coloured blocks...

Somewhere between a Man Ray painting and a constructivist tower stands the S/S13 Fendi heel: a 10cm cubic pylon of silicone rubber, constructed from stacked coloured blocks.

Continuing last season's cut-paste aesthetic of multiple layers and contrasting fabrics (fur and leather, silk and rubber), each leather shoe features an armadillo-esque front of overlapping neoprene, climbing towards the ankle strap. Open-toed, they came in bright De Stijl block colours, as well as metallic and pastel tones.

"Continuing last season's cut-paste aesthetic of multiple layers and contrasting fabrics, each leather shoe features an armadillo-esque front of overlapping neoprene...'

The heel also comes in Lucite plastic, and the coloured inserts can be removed at leisure. They have created a specialist lego-like heel that can be hand-altered to determine height. Along with the DIY paint-it-yourself Baguette, Fendi invites us to reach a small hand into their design world and create for ourselves, within the skilled perimeters of Silvia Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld.

The S/S13 collection is a modernistic approach of luxurious clean lines and bold proportions. Honey-comb embossment on a dress echoes the rubik squares of the heel, while the neoprene bridge fronting the shoe references the layered panels of a skirt.

As with the intention of the artistic post-war movements, Fendi’s geometric abstraction provides a futuristic severity, pieced together with playful optimism.

Text by Mhairi Graham

Fendi S/S13
Fendi S/S13 Photography by Piotr Niepsuj

Mhairi Graham is fashion writer at AnOther and AnOthermag.com. She also writes for The Financial Times and Wallpaper* and came runner-up in the 2011 Vogue Talent Contest.

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