Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fendi A/W Perfection

How does Karl Lagerfeld deliver amazing collections for Fendi season after season? The military influence collection stomped down the runway in an array of fur, cashmere and chiffon frenzy.
Strong shoulders, fur accents and leather bodices gave the looks a strong sophistication women need in these trying times (can we afford it - that's another post altogether!)
Furs, coats and accessories are always the focal point at Fendi and like always Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi arrived at a dynamic balance between confronting the current mood and creating a modern proposition for that problematic word luxury and dolls they did it well!
Experience and technical expertise count here. Lagerfeld, after all, has navigated Fendi through many periods of Sturm und Drang when showy luxury has fallen out of favor, and he knows how to calibrate a response. Some of the devices used this season—like a fur cut to look like a shearling flying jacket—use disguise as a tactic. Yet Lagerfeld also knows this is no moment to fall back on grungy poverino styling. If women are going to be persuaded to buy, there has to be a compelling reason.
The shearling/fur cape is a stand out piece of the collection....
The furs, of course, are as extraordinary as ever—technical feats that merge sable and fox, or use technology to make white gold cling to mink. On the other hand, this collection has moved far beyond being a mere foil for Fendi's craft skill as a furrier. Its fashion appeal as a ready-to-wear collection is now so clear, its reach has gone well beyond the core product.
Their clothes, mostly dark, were cut with narrow flying panels, oddly textured with what looked at a glance like worn-through or dust-spattered fabrics and frayed edges. Of course, it wasn't that at all. Close up, the raw threads were minute dustings of mohair or fur, and the semi-destroyed materials proved to be advanced treatments of cashmere, burned-out chiffon, and flannel.
Autumn/Winter 2009 Ready-to-Wear


Autumn/Winter 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Fendi Lagerfeld's way is to infiltrate innovation into the mix: a strong silhouette with a subtle undercurrent of glamour.

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