They don’t call Karl Lagerfeld the Kaiser for nothing; his lush, perfectly tailored collection for Fendi showed Italian luxury at its finest. The brilliant design minds of Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi drew inspiration from Dada artist Kurt Schwitters. Channeling the famous collage artist, Lagerfeld and Fendi created a brilliant medley of fabrics, textures, and colors that always looked polished to perfection. The Seventies trend continues its momentum into Milan, after being popular on New York and London runways; a 21st century Mary Tyler Moore would feel right at home in these office-ready outfits.
Lagerfeld spun the color wheel to combine contrast colors in yokes, pockets, and piping on outerwear. Mustard yellow peeked through slits in an oversized chocolate trench, naturally paired with bright orange tights and sunshine yellow heels. Fendi used the collage technique on fur pieces as well, weaving strips of chinchilla, fitch, fox, or sable into multi-tonal shawls and collars.
A slate gray ruffled blouse complemented a iridescent navy coat and matching trousers, while short, trapeze jackets and cropped trousers looked sensational on the models. Pirate ruffles (otherwise known as a jabot) on wool tops feminized the tough fabric and brightly colored tights, arguably the best accessory of the collection, finished off every ensemble to eye-catching effect. Sheer chiffon sleeves with a touch of glitter lent glamour to the sportswear-inspired collection.
Fendi’s melange managed to be both earthy and fantastical at once, a magic trick few designers besides the Kaiser can pull off. But elegant comfort (with perfect posture, please) is always welcome in Milan.
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