Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Fendi at Fendi’s Autumn/Winter 2016 show
Here’s a question: Is Karl Lagerfeld setting himself for a second career as an illustrator of graphic novels? Will his Fendi Kigurumi and other fuzzy, furry creatures take on the universe of Marvel? Two life-size Kigurumi sat front row watching Kendall Jenner start the show, a plug for their pint-sized bag charm versions which would be available right after the presentation. And no doubt, for the girl who loves Fendi but can’t quite afford one of his fur coats or leather bags, a Kigurumi will have to do. (And the animated fun Fendi can have with these character on social media is boundless).
But for these 12 minutes, the focus was on what Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini sent out on the model creatures. The fall collection riffed on a mild Seventies theme that centered around a wavy striped motif which danced across printed furs, colorful knit tees, silky dresses and all the loose ruffles that accented everything from necklines, cuffs, peplums and hems to the colorful bags and thigh-high sock boots.
The color palette smartly mixed spring and fall hues—because the Fendi client is definitely global. A baby blue angora fisherman was paired with a lovely loden tulip-style bottom; eggplant ruffled mini dresses could work through a few seasons, or teamed with a navy ruffled coat, and there was plenty of a deep pink to go around. And sprinkled throughout were sweet little floral touches embroidered on shoes and bags.
The duo always makes room for denim, this time with a quilted topper and old-school worker culottes. The mix of proletariat chic in sea of fur makes it all the cooler. And jeans are a great canvas to show off a great collection of accessories—round sunglasses with wavy details and endless choice of statement bags in fur, leather, suede and colors.
Less seasonless are the furs, but the woman wearing these demonstrative coats isn’t concerned about such things. Where Fendi’s furs have been of the futuristic or louche boudoir feel the past few seasons, for fall, it went all out glamour. There was a Cruella DeVil oomph to these larger-than-life, colorful, printed and patterned toppers.