Fendi catwalk show report A/W15 in Milan
Guests at Fendi’s AW15 show knew they were in for a treat as soon as they entered the venue, adorning the walls were huge reproductions of the Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp who is considered to be one of the most important artist of geometric abstractions of the 20th century. Karl Lagerfeld’s idea for the collection was inspired by Taeuber-Arp’s graphic patterns.
The beautiful Doutzen Kroes opened the show in a clean white double-breasted voluminous coat with a contrast panel around the hem. The show progressed thereon as model after model took to the ramp in shades of orange, mustard, red, brown and black. Structured silhouettes of vests, skirts, pants and dresses had panels of leather cleanly constructed around them. Splashes of colours along with panels of fur and leather seen on the coats (both long and mid length) were stark contrasts to the otherwise clean palette.
Fendi has made winter cosy with substantially huge duvet coats that one can wear on an outing and still get the comfort of one’s own bed. Quilted puffas, sheepskin gilets and out-of-proportion patterned bombers further cemented the fact that chunky winter wear is here to stay. Mr Lagerfeld said: “It was all about shape and volume.” Model of the moment Kendall Jenner, sporting an oversized puffed-up jacket was joined on the runway by fellow models Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls and Lindsey Wixon.
The bags and clutches sported a more sophisticated look with simple coloured patterns and textures. Save for a few, Lagerfeld’s furry little key chains were nowhere to be seen, instead the handbags and clutches were adorned with a single stem of birds-of-paradise flower.
Other accessories such as chunky wedged boots with carved heels, Mongolian wool leg warmers, gloves with fur detail and the leather headbands put together an image of a strong, independent and sophisticated woman.
The originality in Taeuber-Arp’s work seemed to have inspired Lagerfeld’s constructive collection causing an explosion of brilliant pieces of clothing we would definitely want to get out hands on.