Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi presented a colorful collection in Milan, and a bold one at that! A special triangulation is immediately apparent: a fabric, organza; a motif, crossed stripes borrowed from tartan; and a tropical palette. The starting point for this Spring/Summer 2018 is Italian futurism, an artistic movement that seeks to depict the dynamic speed of the modern age and of machines. In fashion, Karl Lagerfeld translates this with looks so light, fits so sensual, that the geometry of this new collection brings the audience into a delicious daydream. “A floating architecture,” explained Karl Lagerfeld backstage.
On the runway, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and new recruit Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s daughter, sport pieces composed like “a whirlwind of Caribbean colors and flavors.” The iconic piece in this runway is incarnated by a Fun Fur that looks like candy. This mink summer coat lined with silk chiffon combines powdery beige with the vitality of ocean blue and a burst of green.
This piece bears witness to the Fendi workshops’ mastery of fur. More sophisticated than glamorous perhaps, this new interpretation of the Italian brand’s heritage plays around with shades of color and fascinates with the deft geometry of its components. Once more, Lagerfeld is able to de-bourgeoisify fur by stripping it of its weight and constraints. This object of desire is presented here in its Spring/Summer 2018 version, tinged with a Caribbean breed of carefree.