Fendi Finds Inspiration Across Generations For Spring 2017 Collection

Fendi Finds Inspiration Across Generations For Spring 2017 Collection

Take a look inside Karl Lagerfeld's stark yet whimsical world for Fendi.

Take a look inside Karl Lagerfeld's stark yet whimsical world for Fendi.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Karl Lagerfeld and team pulled out all the stops for the Fendi Spring 2017 runway show, held on the second day of Milan Fashion Week, holding back on nothing—except the room it took place in. Following the fashion house’s incredible summer Couture show, where models walked atop the flowing waters of Rome’s historic Trevi Fountain, Lagerfeld stripped down the surroundings of this season’s show, outlining stark white walls with giant letters that spelt FENDI. The room was completed with the traditional sleek white runway, allowing the show to emphasize the quirky outfits and makeup on display.

An array of today’s most influential models, including V103 cover star Taylor Hill, supermodel phenom Gigi Hadid, and her burgeoning model sister, show opener Bella, graced the runway stage decked out in striking peach glitter lips and eye-popping cartoon hair pins. Makeup artist Peter Phillips took inspiration from Wreck-It-Ralph’s glittery doe-eyed princess, Vanellope von Schweetz, to carry out Lagerfeld’s youthful, candy-fueled vision of the models, while Sam McKnight provided the colorful baubles that complimented the many hairstyles on display.  The results are a whimsical reminder of our child selves in a candy store, lips covered with the shiny remnants of sour gummies.

The clothes cannot be pinpointed to one specific era or inspiration. Rather, Lagerfeld expertly combined fashion trademarks across various decades to create a collection that uses classic motifs and materials while managing to keep an eye for forward-thinking styles. Delicate sheer silk skirts are paired with quasi-peplum jackets and floral bodysuits, while fitted striped peacoats share the runway with flowy trench coats, embroidered with decadent floral patterns. It's a quirky display of whimsical fashion that still retains a distinctly modern and effortless edge.

The unconventional footwear seen on this season’s runways around the world pop up on the Fendi runway as well, but Lagerfeld goes with a more relaxed and comfortable spin. Each intricate look was complete with knitted sock booties, many of which in bold color schemes which contrasted with the whimsical and calming designs on display. Yet the cozy socks fit well with the nostalgic spirit of the show, tying the looks together with a warm fashion signature that transcends time and will remain a loungewear classic for years on end.

Fendi’s latest collection shows that childhood nostalgia can be used for more than just clickbait. Lagerfeld masterfully brings back years of fashion inspiration without it feeling desperate or uninspired in the slightest, once again proving that if done right, fashion can be recycled for years and still feel fresh.  Take a peek at some of the backstage action.

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No. 21 Spring 2017