Layered Looks At Fendi (Getty)
'I love to use in a funny way words from the visual web communication world,' stated Karl Lagerfeld of his show for Fendi. 'Very 21st century.'
This was a collection that drew on futuristic graphics and boxy - but never hard-edged - cuts all in colours that sang and with a wit and lightness of touch that is unrivalled.
'The collection is a kind of easy "dreamwear,"' he continued and the gentle beauty of rippling layered organza in saturated shades of hot pink, orange, coral, ruby and navy as well, of course, as the designer's classic black and white was indeed the stuff that dreams are made of.
Given the predominantly rectilinear silhouette that paid lip-service to both Sixties Space Age fashion and a 1920s line, the look was in no way girly. Instead, traditional couture fabrics and techniques - silks and satins, devore, embroideries - referenced every modernist moment from Fritz Lang's Metropolis to early computer games and from Bauhaus to Kraftwerk. Identical wigs, grids and more geometries made for a brave new world.
Accessories, too, were some of the best of the season so far. Fur bags (tucked under the arm like little lap dogs), knuckledusters and the Fendi bug (a cute fluffy friend that dangles from hardware) will doubtless fly out of stores. A new triple-strapped, double heeled shoe - one of them is metal - with coloured Perspex uppers looked equally desirable.
'Everything is "hyperlinked": clothes, bags, shoes, accessories...' Lagerfeld concluded. 'It is a kind of "inline style" like modular design in a display of clear forms and colours.'
Watch the full show below...