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.