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Karl Lagerfeld’s SS13 collection for Fendi went off with a bang, literally. Suspended above the catwalk were a series of giant inflatable silver orbs, one of which exploded to signal the beginning of the show. The runway resembled a piece of modernist art, complete with white arrows pointing the models in the right direction. While the constructivist collection that followed was a celebration of clean graphic lines, geometric shapes and of course Karl’s über craftsmanship too. Fendi started life as a fur and leather house, so it’s no surprise that the leather pieces that came down the runway were nothing short of first class. There were pale blue, white and yellow leather sleeveless shirts with sharp contrasting collars and coloured panel detailing. Must have pleated leather skirts, with exterior pockets that resembled a Tetrus game in their geometric brilliance, and butter soft leather outerwear, complete with inverted ‘F’ for Fendi motif, that were guaranteed to fly off the shelves. The accessories by Silvia Venturini Fendi were genius and had editors chatting about them long after they left the show. Stand out pieces included the dice handbag, stripped back baguette bag and the design your own handbags, that enable you to customise your bag with paint and pattern of your own. As for the shoes, they were more like sculpture or works of art than footwear, and would look just as good in a museum as on your feet. Fresh, modern and graphic, this was one of our favourite Fendi collections and a highlight of Milan fashion week as well.
Text: Holly Shackleton
Photography: Mitchell Sams
See all of our SS13 womenswear coverage here.