The wait was long and heart wrenching. But the key people were there to make sure this was not only a triumphant return of the amazing designer that was cast aside from the claws of the fashion world but that the return was a permanent as an exclamation point at the end of a near tragic story. John Galliano has returned, indeed to a fashion house in need of just the talents he possesses. The daring, wily persona has been replaced with a bow tie and tuxedo, for now. But the deconstructed irreverence and simplicity spoke volumes. The making of fashion out of bits and pieces, some from the past, some looked like from the floor, nearly swept away with the refuse. The clear pockets, showing hand free of shame contrasting the color pallet of black and red like a manic depressive that he no longer is. Oh this collection speaks volumes. It is a new chapter of the story that will show what happens when we remember there is a human element behind profitable talent.
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What is to be said about designer Karl Lagerfeld and his Fendi Spring Collection for 2014. The esteemed Tim Blanks talked about the laser cut organza and light as a feather sheared fur, the forward thinking and designer’s obsession with mitigating technology into his collections with pixelated fabrics and high tech constructions. But when it comes right down to it, fashion is to be sold and worn. No one knows this better than Monsieur Lagerfeld. If people like it when it is presented, if they can see themselves wearing it, then it is a success. With collections that range from Macy’s to the finest couture money can buy, he has subversively taken over the entire spectrum of the Fashion World as we know it. And everything he touches seems to turn to gold. But every season, Fendi, it seems is the one collection that he has the liberty to work a little magic by pushing the limits. The brand has the kind of loyal following that will not only accept what is presented as honest to god gospel fashion truth, but waits in anticipation with padded wallets to gather the pieces of every’s seasons collection like souvenirs from an expensive holiday abroad. And Karl does not disappoint. From dresses, jackets, pants, to gowns, he adds the cascade of accessories to fill the heart of any fashion worshiper right to the brim. In this Fendi Collection the designer indeed used cascading color with some of that hue layered organza, plastics, leathers, even furs into clothing, shoes, handbags, and covetable accessories, like a delightful waterfall of what is to come next Spring.