May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: “Pleasant Aggressiveness” was the theme explored by Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi’s Pre-Summer collection. Therefore, a bird of paradise flower as a recurring motif felt especially fitting. The flower represented the Fendi woman: delicate petals represented her more feminine aspects juxtaposed against its sharp leaves, which embodied a more hard-edge beauty. The reference was almost continuous throughout the line-up; the flower loaning itself literally as a print on a silk sundress or full-skirted smock then sometimes more abstractedly as a mink appliqué on a cashmere top or the pattern of an intarsia fur coat. Elsewhere in the collection, Lagerfeld explored his love for the unexpected by visually reinterpreting denim; silk dresses, jumpsuits and blouses were printed to look like denim whilst shearling even had a denim look. A jacket woven entirely from strips of leather looked exactly like tweed. This was a collection embodying the spirit of the Fendi woman; sharp, sexy and entirely unpredictable. – Anna Ross
Theme: Lagerfeld’s Birds of Paradise
Key Items: Quilted Trench, Cropped wide leg trousers, Silk maxi dress, Leather shirtdress, High waist shorts, Belted jacket, Novelty sweater
Colour: Ochre, Saffron, Army Green, Daffodil, Blue skies, Sofa brown, Brilliant white.
Materials and Trims: Satin, Leather, Silk, Cotton, Cashmere, Mink, Shearling
Print and Pattern: Birds of Paradise floral
Accessories and Footwear: Micro monster bags, Bird of paradise high heels, Mirrored heels
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