Fendi presents Karl Lagerfeld's last collection for the brand
February 22, 2019: Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld are names that can never been taken apart from one another. The designer had put his life and soul in the brand. The Fall/Winter Collection is the final Collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld that encompasses his lifetime of dedication and creation from 1965 until today. In his perpetual search for beauty and innovation, Mr. Lagerfeld’s commitment to his craft never waned.
Someone who was witty and controversial, Mr. Lagerfeld’s last collection for Fendi is a lesson in bringing back fitted silhouettes. Neutral tones lift through pale ivory tulle, warm cognac patent and terracotta calfskin to sublime shades of daffodil, sea green, tangerine and azure. Like petals or plumes, wallpaper prints become textures on cloque, organza and satin.
Drawn from a pagoda shoulder, zipped and double-breasted tailoring is nipped at the waist and threaded with floating bow belts. Diamond shapes abound in the shifting lines of transparency, pleating and latticework transposed, one over the other, as wrap knife-pleated skirts, monogram tulle bodysuits and laser cut leather outerwear.
“The bond between Karl Lagerfeld and FENDI is fashion’s longest love story, one that will continue to touch our lives for years to come. I am profoundly saddened by his passing and deeply touched by his constant care and perseverance until the very end. When we called just a few days before the show, his only thoughts were on the richness and beauty of the Collection. It’s a true testament to his character. He shall be so missed,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Designed in 1981, Mr. Lagerfeld’s curling ‘Karligraphy’ FF logo monogram appears on cabochon buttons and intarsia fur, as high-collared shift dresses whisper softly in diaphanous silk and honeycomb lace. The FENDI Women’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Accessories collection abounds with newness, as the Baguette is transformed in embossed pillow patent, topstitched vegetal leather and a multi-strap utility harness. The iconic Peekaboo also follows the season’s perforated techniques.
The show was ended with a video of Mr. Lagerfeld, recreating the first ever sketch he made for Fendi.