There is no argument that the Fendi brand is iconic. A family run business until Karl Lagerfeld took over as creative director in 1965, and perhaps because of that fact, it remains an icon. Since Fendi Handbags is a household word (thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, aka: Sex in the City) all eyes go to the handbags first. This is a mistake. Lagerfeld is known to play a bit with Fendi in subtle ways he does not do with Chanel. This time the graphics and geometry were primary. Prints mirrored the double F logo upside down right on the front of dresses. Instantly chic without being cliché, we get a glimpse into the business mind of the designer. Texture used as blocking with velours, fur and leather. Leather dresses, pants, jackets, and shorts remind of us of Fendi’s heritage. Karl is determined to make the White Leather Jacket a wardrobe essential. One interesting piece was a half-wrap skort; the mind of Karl is a constant marvel, one does not question. And, how about those handbags, funky with a nod to mod. Crystal covered cubes and clutches, colorblocked clutches, shoppers, stunning woven bags in contrasting color; it was all about accessorizing the look. The clutch is going to be a BIG trend for Spring. Eveningwear was subtle at first with gorgeous handpainted fabric and an embellished handbag, then a crystal caplet, then the entire look of crystals (which looked a bit heavy but brilliantly dazzling). It never ceases to amaze how a German designer, who is essentially French can create such a quintessential collection saturated in that famous Italian chic.
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