As the words “party girl” were repeatedly said over the soundtrack of Fendi’s fall/winter 18 Haute Couture show it got us wondering about who the woman is that this collection is designed for? If the set list is to be believed she is a wild party girl who is adventurous and ready for anything but impeccably dressed.
Adventurous was this collection indeed. Channelling so many inspirations this rather large collection; the fourth created for the House by Karl Lagerfeld and his team was a journey through decades and styles using the most luxurious of fabrics, quality detailing and a unique finesse.
The collection began with sixties inspired coats and minidresses. Fabrics included bold coloured velvet, suede, leather and fur shrugs. Sequin dresses were finished with detachable leather collars which gave them a sixties feel. Patchwork fabrics with tassles and details created two-piece coordinating jackets and pencil skirts, while iridescent fabrics embroidered with applique flowers were the basis for feminine dresses.
The colour palette was bold and feminine. Ranging from rainbow patchwork materials to iridescent pastel gowns and candy hues. Colour clashing accessories were added creating something that resembled a scene from a dollhouse.
Feathers, tassles, sequins laser-cut lace and embroidery added incredible textures to the collection, each piece being three dimensional and giving the eye so much to take in. Fabrics flowed in a way that was elegant and feminine and the moved with the body. With these fabrics offered texture, lashings of texture creating a story in each look. No fabric did so more than fur. There was an abundance of it, panelled into jackets, dyed and worn over tops and coats, added to dresses – assuring that this party girl is the best dressed girl in the room.
Evening wear was sparkly and textured with thousands of feathers and sequins. Gowns were full on sparkly while glossy leggings shone under the lights. Candy colours ensured this collection was girly and truly feminine. Shoes came in the form of architectural heels and small handbags.
In beauty we saw a continuation of this year’s graphic eyeliner trend. And hair was pulled up into a sixties inspired beehive