(photos: Giovanni Giannoni)
After the first slide of Fendi’s RTW Fall 2013 collection, then the second, then the third, my jaw dropped. My mouth was wide open for so long that flies used my tongue as their runway. I shook my head back + forth + thinking to myself, ‘How the f*ck does he do it?’ The ‘He’ in question is Karl Lagerfeld, whose talents surpass that of any human. Time + time again, the designer always manages to hold your attention, be it negative or positive. There aren’t many with the capability to design with a different POV for another brand or project, yet all still bearing his signature. So imagine my excitement when I saw Lagerfeld’s Fendi RTW Fall 2013 collection, with program notes describing it as ’a contemporary rereading of fur’, full of graphic shapes, bright color + lots of ‘tude.
Models appeared to take to the runway with non-chalant abandon, bearing pastel hued mohawks. Now, I don’t know if it was intentional on Lagerfeld’s part, but I thought it was kind of an oxymoron + quite funny, how head-to-toe (literally) luxe fur-clad models donned a do, popularized by punks, whom were anti-establishment + anti-rich. Anyways, Karl’s use of fur was unique + fun. There were fur patchwork looks (row 2) fashioned to look like knits and at times, prints, jackets with graphic fur front panels + fur sleeves, accompanied by pencil skirts + tapered ankle trousers (row1), but the best for me were the furry sunglasses + furry graphic booties.
The collection was devoid of ‘sex appeal’, in the traditional sense, as a lot of the looks didn’t accentuate a woman’s curves, but, I think Karl redefined sex appeal with this collection containing strong statements that required confidence – now that’s sexy! My favorite look was a coat that looked like two different coats held together by a belt (row 3, look 1) + all the pointy shoes.