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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.
It’s hard to be motivated to look at Spring Fashion unless, of course you are sitting on a pool deck in, say Miami. With Milan Fashion Week just getting warmed up, Gucci always does such a smashing job of setting the tone for what the Luxe crowd will be wearing when the weather warms up in places, say like Europe or New York. This season, a marvelously younger looking Frida Giannini decided that we will all be terribly athletic in a dropped waist, silk kimono kind of way. While the satin shone like so many lovely scarves, the colors gave the impression more of early fall with rusts, plums, and some ripe raspberries firmly set in black lacquer. When one thinks of the house of Gucci, one automatically thinks chic, sleek, and above critique. For Spring, Giannini is directing fashion in not only in a more casual, almost Cruise, direction (albeit the fabrics and materials are of the most luxurious) with mesh see-through sport sleeve tops revealing equally transparent bras and basketball striped Capri pants. The collection was remarkably similar to some of the recent “made for America” MaxAzria BCBG Spring 2014 Show. It remains to be seen, however, just which dinner parties or gala events these pieces will be worn to.
Nearly a year ahead of the game but DKNY is always my choice for smart, fashion-sense girls who Own the City. Donna Karan knows how to make color-blocking seem brand-new. This is the Fashion Show from New York Fashion Week. DKNY Rocked it right out on the Streets.