Dec 13, 2017 | By Sandra Halliday
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Even the impenetrable Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t been able to resist the wave of romanticism that has been sweeping through spring runways. Fendi’s cosmopolitan leather-clad femme fatale underwent a tender transformation, trading in her sharply-tailored power suits for raw-edged loose blousy rompers, bubble-hemmed babydoll dresses, and paperbag mini skirts. Gauzy georgette tunics and pin-tucked tulle dresses revealed ruffled bralettes and lace-edged tap pants beneath, evoking a charm that was more Lolita than Anna Karenina. Lagerfeld anchored the season’s popular washed-out pastels with sophisticated splashes of ochre, cappuccino, apricot, and of course, black. For bag aficionados, there were thick-handled Lucite and wood clutches and vintage doctor satchels that unclasped to “discreetly” reveal the prestigious Fendi emblem inside. The unstructured romantic looks eventually segued into luxurious ostrich and mink capes, shredded matelassé dresses, and sculpted Ottoman Empire column dresses, showing that the designer’s rebellious streak and flair for the dramatic are definitely still intact.
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