May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: Colorblocking has been a major trend for quite a few seasons and in Milan it seems designers are still fascinated with the technique. For Spring, Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi took the look on a playful retro futurist spin, putting out crisply boxy separates outlined with wide panels or sliced with precise pleats, all rendered in a directional mix of primaries, pastels and 70s neutrals. Geometric space-age quilting as well as the label’s signature furs added textural contrast to smooth spongy leathers cut into flat front shorts or fit and flare minis, while silky padded neoprene gave volume to cropped wide-leg pants. Although many of the silhouettes, and especially the palette, verged on the avant-garde, the collection’s fluid silk dresses and cotton tunic tops would prove accessible must-haves for any modern wardrobe.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Fitted / Boxy / A-line / Rounded
Color: Black / Cobalt / Lemon / White / Olive / Coco / Ice blue / Caramel / Grey / Cherry red / Apricot / Nude / Marigold / Caribbean teal / Safety orange / Chartreuse
Key Items: Collaged skirts / Pleated tunic tops / Colorblocked leather trousers / Camp shirt dresses / Halter apron dresses / Boxy shorts / Crocodile jackets and coats / Spongy quilted t-shirts / Cropped wide-leg pants / Relaxed silk dresses
Materials: Astrakhan fur / Shaved pelts / Precise leathers / Cotton / Crocodile / Bonded jersey / Pony hair / Neoprene / Silk
Print + Pattern: Cubes & squares / Colorblocking / Stripes / Digitized starbursts
Details + Trim: Gathering / Contrast edges / Clean pleating / Tiered ruffles / Geometric quilting / Drawstrings / Confetti sequins
Accessories + Footwear: Cube clutches / Colorblocked heels / Peep-toe booties / Enamel cuffs / Rigid clutches / Oversized angular sunglasses / Coiled headbands / Tote bags / Slim studded belts / Metallic peep-toe pumps
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