Milan menswear designers seem to have decided on the answer, but the question remains: have the pandemic lockdowns emboldened men to embrace a more feminine silhouette , including skirts, minidresses and cape coats? As a rule, men’s collections on Milan’s runways this season have so far hewed conservative on the colour palette, leaving the risk-taking to the silhouette. Fendi’s collection for next autumn and winter was infused with the fashion house’s disciplined tailoring and elegance – with some welcome eccentricities to lighten things up. They included a leather aviator cap with the flair of a Moroccan fez. The toned-down colour palette in grey, black and ivory with flashes of red seemed to suggest that the collection was business as usual, but then Silvia Venturini Fendi threw in some surprising silhouettes, starting with a men’s Bermuda short with the tailoring and flow of a skirt, worn with sheer knee-highs and buckled two-tone pointed Mary Janes. Inside Thai billionaire businesswoman Nualphan Lamsam’s crazy rich life She then proposed wide-leg dress trousers that only from the back showed to be skirted. They were paired with jackets, or knitwear that had a feminine peek-a-boo V on the chest. Leaning in on the femininity, voluminous, trapezoidal outerwear with loose, slotted sleeves built to a crescendo with pretty, layered cape coats in black and-white check, or ivory. The accessories were never exaggerated, even when tripled: bucket hat, cross-body bag and overnight bag aligned in a perfect geometry. Fendi is not the first to put pearls on men , theirs anchored dickey collars. The fashion house also continued the trend of tiny bags – forget the wallet and find a pocket for your phone – which men carried on chains. Rise of the Kim K clones: 10 celebrities who are Kardashian doppelgängers While womenswear at Fendi has been taken over by British designer Kim Jones, who has launched a buzzy collaboration with Versace , the menswear collection still carries Silvia Venturini Fendi’s signature, representing the third Fendi generation. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .