At this point in time in the fashion industry, the use of fur is not necessary, especially given the existence of a new generation of faux furs that are exactly like the real thing (thanks, Stella McCartney). That being said, legendary Italian luxury label Fendi built its foundation on fur and appears resilient to any movement to quell the material’s use for clothing products. As such, Fendi’s Fall 2017 Couture presentation rests on the bedrock of fur, rendered in technicolor hues and embedded with complimentary floral arrangements. Entitled ‘Flowers from Another World’, the collection offered alien beauty in manmade terms. We can appreciate the artistry of the collection, but cannot condone a majority of its source materials.
On the fashion side, Fendi’s designer, Karl Lagerfeld, was reliably forward-looking, offering up an intense patchwork of vibrant rainbow colors, which injected the collection with a sense of optimism. There were macramé lace dresses, astrakhan coats, and multi-colored mini dresses – each sprouting an array of furry florets.
Models of the moment Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner managed to steal the spotlight away from the clothes for a few seconds in a cobalt-blue embroidered gown and a black crochet mini dress, respectively. Craftsmanship was eccentric and astonishing, relying on truly artistic combinations of color, texture, fabric, material, and embellishment to relay Lagerfeld’s extraordinary vision.