Fendi Stays Femme for Fall Couture

Fendi Stays Femme for Fall Couture

Fendi is the queen of hearts in the Fall 2018 couture season.

Fendi is the queen of hearts in the Fall 2018 couture season.

Text: Thomas Chou

Karl Lagerfeld’s been keeping himself busy—from Chanel to Fendi, it’s hard to deny the German designer’s influence when it comes to the runways of Paris couture. The duality within the creative direction of the labels he helms, Fendi reads more as the fun, yet still impeccably polished, daughter to the more authoritative, motherly presence that is Chanel. Fendi’s debut of its Fall 2018 couture collection in Paris shows that despite his tinted sunglasses and signature bone-white hair, Lagerfeld knows how to let loose every once in a while too.

For Fall 2018, Fendi stuffs us into a time machine, and transports us right back to the ’60s. From pronounced lapels, fashion forward shift dresses, and beehive-esque hairdos, the collection is undeniably retro. While the silhouettes of Fendi couture may not necessarily be as extreme or as avant-garde as other fashion houses at the moment, Fendi knows to play into its strength — texture. Like in past collections, fur, both faux and real, maintains it’s status as a signature design element in a number of the looks, adding a sense of old-Hollywood glamor to otherwise standardly-cut silhouettes. Additionally, in this collection Fendi meshes its textiles with tact, looks incorporating patent leather and shaggy fur still maintain elegance as opposed to coming off as gaudy. A diamond shaped crosshatching is prominent in many of this season’s looks as well, as perhaps a subtle nod to Lagerfeld’s other brainchild, Chanel.

Furthermore, Fendi proves that florals can be for fall, too. Interspersed between monochromatic looks are pieces with floral embroidered detailing, adding to the textural interest of the collection as a whole. Pale pinks, violets, and metallic browns add a pop of color into the primarily black and white collection — contributing to a sense of playfulness, without compromising the legacy of tradition established by the iconic Italian label.

Despite the growing movement of blurring the lines between traditional menswear and womenswear, Fendi prefers to remain rooted in its tried-and-true, traditionally feminine cuts and style. For Fall 2018, Fendi plays its cards close to its chest — but that’s what makes it a true classic.

Check out some looks from the collection below.

Credits: IMAGES VIA VOGUE

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