by Evelina Mavrides
Freshly coming after a very successful Summer Couture show in Rome at Fontana di Trevi, the power duet of Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi came back to Milano with another beautiful & special Ready-to-Wear collection. It’s makings are combined from unlikely mix of fabrics, style & ideas from utilitarian stripes and sporty knitted sock booties to grand baroque brocades and lingerie silks. But it was beautifully tied together that it created a perfect harmony, in a way that only the master of the kind Karl Lagerfeld could have imagined. Decade collaging is a thing of the moment, but Karl Lagerfeld is the grand master of that. His way of tossing a sea of references and materials is always aimed at producing an unforeseen combination whose novelty is relevant to modern tastes, just like our urban lives. And there was no change on this occasion, as Lagerfeld ribbon-tied aprons of elaborate gilded fabric over gathered pants, applied leather flower embroidery onto a khaki jacket and a trenchcoat & segued from a take on this season’s sheer floral-print dress to apricot ’20s-style silk lingerie-like pieces with cut-out butterflies on their bodices. All these little details created a perfect showcase for the Fendi accesories, that included a number of little frame bags with some serious details on them: chunky whipstitching, brocade flower-decorated guitar-style straps, rosebuds, hand-drawn loopy doodles, and many more.
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