Fendi’s Rococo Rebellion for Spring/Summer 2017

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Fendi’s future-minded procession offers cleverly remixed 18th century motifs alongside athletic stripes and couture-level details that take Marie Antoinette’s French excess to the techno-marvelous streets of Tokyo.

From Wreck-it-Ralph to rococo, Fendi’s extraordinary Spring/Summer 2017 show relied on the marriage of the odd and the eccentric. Karl Lagerfeld’s funky, far-flung arrangements created a singular look, where a pastiche of baroque 18th-century styles combined with techno elements and rugby-striped utilitarian pieces. The results were alluring, with models resembling life-sized dolls with their glitter lips and anime hair.

Bella Hadid – the “It” girl model who is having a serious Fashion Week moment – led the show in striped separates fitted with bell sleeves and pouchy pocket shorts. Sporty stripes decorated everything from open-back silk pajama shirting to jockey pants and fur gilets. Spliced into the proceedings were jacquard silk bed jackets and sheer blousons with scalloped edge details.

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Juxtaposed against Lagerfeld’s striped ensembles were an enticing parade of breezy apron dresses, which were open at the back – requiring either bloomers or trousers beneath to prevent over-exposure. These came in a gorgeous variety of laser-cut details, scalloped trims, eyelet lace, and floral prints. Some of the more extravagant looks featured reimagined 18th century Toile de Juy fabrics printed with pastoral scenes, which were high-necked and proper but surprisingly sheer.

The results were alluring, with models resembling life-sized dolls with their glitter lips and anime hair.

Noteworthy developments were found in Fendi’s excellent accessory selection, which featured festively decorated handbags, rugby-striped footwear, studded hair clips, and oversized crystal-trimmed sunglasses. Fendi’s future-minded procession offers cleverly remixed 18th century motifs alongside athletic stripes and couture-level details that take Marie Antoinette’s French excess to the techno-marvelous streets of Tokyo.

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