Somewhere between Italian Futurism and a carefree Caribbean vibe was quite literally a collection of geometric proportions created by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi for her namesake’s brand for Spring 18 RTW.
And for a Fendi collection, this theme was very light and breezy compared to collections past. The looks focused on striping, checks, and florals with cutouts, and a precise layering of geometric shapes, particularly triangles. Bermuda Triangle, anyone? Cheesy dad jokes come gratis.
From afar, the silhouettes could be mistaken for vintage recycles, but up close, you realize these are anything but. Airy fabrics show feminine, graceful movement as well as a smattering of athletic elements like a bomber jacket, bowling shirt, sport stripes, and ribbons to cinch midi skirts and shirt sleeves higher.
Of course, there were furs in the collection, inventive as ever this season, evidenced by the sumptuous geometric intarsia with diagonal racing stripes down the sleeves. Or the check pattern cape coat and cold shoulder dress.
And oooooohhhh, those shoes. The epitome of inventive – futuristic and retro at the same time. Wooden heel, a poly material covering the front to the toe, and a stretchy trio of straps at the ankle – all in a variety of colors. The bags are a fantastic array of intarsia, quilting, braiding, baubling, and fringing around the inset ‘F’. And sunglasses rounded with a Mad Max goggle feel to them.
This is certainly a lighter turn for the Fendi house with much more movement. Perhaps at first glance less intricate, but at closer look the handiwork is all still there.