FURRY TALES

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A sketch of the five Fendi sis­ters by Lager­feld When I met the sis­ters they were known for beau­ti­ful furs; very rich, but heavy, typ­i­cal of the time. They asked me to cre­ate furs worn in a dif­fer­ent way, mod­ern and fun! Fendi and fun have the same ini­tials; I put the two letters to­gether in less than five sec­onds. The bour­geois furs dis­ap­peared and Fendi cre­ated a revo­lu­tion. This story con­tin­ues to­day with amaz­ing furs, re­alised al­ways with an eye to­wards the fu­ture. You like mis­treat­ing furs, ex­per­i­ment­ing on them. Why? I love to cre­ate and experiment to find new so­lu­tions, to mix beauty with func­tion. For Spring/Sum­mer ’15, I used a cover gloss, a new kind of elas­tic plas­tic that can be re­moved so you can wear the look with or with­out it. What’s most ex­cit­ing about work­ing with tra­di­tional fur ate­liers and in­no­va­tive ma­te­ri­als? The high­est crafts­man­ship and savoir faire of Fendi ar­ti­sans mixed with ex­per­i­men­ta­tion give birth to unique re­sults. It is fas­ci­nat­ing how ar­ti­sans train al­most 10 years be­fore start­ing. They cre­ate art, not just gar­ments; it’s the com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and in­no­va­tive tech­niques with mod­ern fab­rics that makes this hap­pen. You and Fendi have cre­ated a new word: Haute Four­rure. What does it mean to you? It means very ex­pen­sive furs and very beau­ti­fully worked treat­ments. It’s Haute Cou­ture for some­thing very clas­sic, and re­ally, it’s the “Royal Furs of Furs”. A sketch for the

In­flat­able fur from Au­tumn/

Win­ter ’79

Karl Lager­feld with the Fendi sis­ters in 1983. Clock­wise from

top left: Franca, Anna, Paola, Alda,

Karl, and Carla

A sketch by Lager­feld for Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’66

Cam­paign im­age of the As­tuc­cio coat from Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’71

A sketch for the re­make of the As­tuc­cio coat

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