After 54 years as creative director, Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection for Fendi hit the runway today at Milan Fashion Week, just two days after his death. An emotional occasion, the Italian fashion house paid tribute to its late creative director in a series of touching ways throughout the show.
Upon arrival, every seat was topped with a moving tribute card commemorating the designer’s death and show notes came with sketches of Lagerfeld’s final collection.
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Closing out the Fendi runway for the first time was Gigi Hadid, who frequently worked with Lagerfeld over the last few years. The model, who appeared to be in tears, wore a sheer, bright yellow dress down the runway.
Making for an emotional finale walk, many models held back tears as David Bowie’s “Heroes” played.
For his last Fendi collection, Lagerfeld sent a range of tailored suiting, feminine dresses, and laser-cut leather pieces down the Fall 2019 runway. Unexpected pops of color came in the form of buttery leather pieces, sheer dresses, and a new range of the brand’s nostalgic baguette bags.
Following an emotional standing ovation, the fashion house played a tribute video to its creative director of 54 years. The video features Lagerfeld being asked to sketch what he looked like on his first day at Fendi in 1965, five decades earlier. The designer, wearing his signature leather gloves, sketches himself while looking back fondly on the time.
“A heartfelt tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi’s Ready to wear and Couture designer for over five decades. Karl, you will be dearly missed,” the brand wrote on its social media accounts.