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FendiSpring Summer 2014 Milan

Runway Review
9/19/2013 Suzy Menkes

MILAN — High-rise buildings in Milan, their metallic frames and glass windows winking with the September sun, have brought a new futuristic feeling to this city.

The Porta Nuova Business District was not just home this week to a financial initiative by the Condé Nast group to support artistic Italian students. It has also been a fresh venue for forward-looking designers.

Across the spectrum of the Italian spring/summer 2014 season is a yearning for modernity. However deep the heritage of a brand, leading designers are looking for the future, not the past, in style and technique.

The main message from these early shows is: let there be light.

That was the story at Fendi, where backstage Silvia Venturini Fendi announced “light” was an inspiration, before taking a joint bow with Karl Lagerfeld, in his 48th year at the helm of the brand.

The show started with a gust of lightness: dresses in red organza, the skirts blowing out. The same material would appear later with cutouts of sheared mink, adding to the collection’s graphic, modern feel.

For all its ethereal effect, the show was also rich in the famous Fendi furs, delicately used, as light as feathers, teased into animal-shaped bags, dangling as earrings below the models’ Japanese square-cut hair and as fur rings embedded with crystal. These accessories were from the newest family fashion recruit: the jeweler Delfina Delettrez Fendi.

The recent trajectory of Fendi has been to a streamlined modernity and Mr. Lagerfeld achieved that by using the exceptional work of the couture fur ateliers. With a new store opening this week on Via Montenapoleone, and an exhibition in a historic cinema of Fendi fur in film, the brand is on a roll.

See more of Suzy Menkes Review here 

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9/19/2013 Suzy Menkes

MILAN — High-rise buildings in Milan, their metallic frames and glass windows winking with the September sun, have brought a new futuristic feeling to this city.

The Porta Nuova Business District was not just home this week to a financial initiative by the Condé Nast group to support artistic Italian students. It has also been a fresh venue for forward-looking designers.

Across the spectrum of the Italian spring/summer 2014 season is a yearning for modernity. However deep the heritage of a brand, leading designers are looking for the future, not the past, in style and technique.

The main message from these early shows is: let there be light.

That was the story at Fendi, where backstage Silvia Venturini Fendi announced “light” was an inspiration, before taking a joint bow with Karl Lagerfeld, in his 48th year at the helm of the brand.

The show started with a gust of lightness: dresses in red organza, the skirts blowing out. The same material would appear later with cutouts of sheared mink, adding to the collection’s graphic, modern feel.

For all its ethereal effect, the show was also rich in the famous Fendi furs, delicately used, as light as feathers, teased into animal-shaped bags, dangling as earrings below the models’ Japanese square-cut hair and as fur rings embedded with crystal. These accessories were from the newest family fashion recruit: the jeweler Delfina Delettrez Fendi.

The recent trajectory of Fendi has been to a streamlined modernity and Mr. Lagerfeld achieved that by using the exceptional work of the couture fur ateliers. With a new store opening this week on Via Montenapoleone, and an exhibition in a historic cinema of Fendi fur in film, the brand is on a roll.

See more of Suzy Menkes Review here 


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