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Prestige (Singapore) - - FASHION -

With a col­lec­tion like “Legends and Fairy Tales”, Fendi il­lus­trated that 90 is just a num­ber. Cre­ative director Karl Lager­feld drew on Dan­ish artist Kay Nielsen’s art nou­veauin­spired il­lus­tra­tions for East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a 1914 com­pi­la­tion of Scan­di­na­vian folk tales. “All the looks have some­thing po­etic, but in a very con­tem­po­rary di­men­sion,” he said.

Fur was the fo­cus through­out all the 46 looks, which needed up to 600 hours of ex­pert ar­ti­sans to make by hand. Up first was an A-line trench coat in as­trakhan fur, donned by model-of-the­mo­ment Ken­dall Jen­ner. This was fol­lowed by lace dresses ap­pliqued with flow­ers of sheared mink, and ethe­real cro­chet con­fec­tions with in­tri­cate cut­work em­broi­dery of mink swatches and fringed leather. Sto­ry­book scenes were de­picted with tiny squares of mink hand­stitched onto of­fer­ings, with re­sults most spec­tac­u­lar in the cape Bella Ha­did wore for the clos­ing.

Fendi’s most elab­o­rate fur work­man­ships were fur­ther en­riched by em­broi­deries, or­ganza flow­ers, feather bugs and but­ter­flies cre­ated by leg­endary ate­liers Lesage and Le­marié.

When the show ended, Karl Lager­feld, with Sil­via Ven­turini Fendi by his side, ap­peared on the run­way. He also threw three coins into the foun­tain, a tra­di­tion many be­lieve brings one back to Rome.

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