Milan Fashion Week A/W 2019: Fendi

Lindsay Judge   |   21 - 02 - 2019

Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy lives on through his last collection for Fendi.



After the devastating news of Karl Lagerfeld’s death earlier this week there was much anticipation as to the action the team at Fendi would take with regards to today’s show. And of course there was a touching tribute lead by Silvia Venturini Fendi. The show notes read:


“The FENDI fall/winter 2019-2020 collection is the final collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld, representing a lifetime of dedication and creation from 1965 until today. In his perpetual search for beauty and innovation, Karl’s commitment to his craft never waned. This collection embodies that devotion, from the season’s defining sketches to his ultimate FENDI gesture: the romantic trace of a silk foulard. Reflected in a multitude of ideas, each expression is innately and forever his own.”



This collection embodied everything Karl has created over his decades-long reign at the brand. From the pagoda shoulders to the zipped and double breasted tailoring which is nipped at the waist and finished with one of Karl’s favourite finishing’s – the bow. Simplistic and elegant in their design but with a quirky edge, each look showed a different aspect of personality. Full pleated trousers and asymmetric lapels were slick while knife-pleated skirts and monogram tulle bodysuits highlight unique craftsmanship. The ‘FF’ logo which was first designed by Karl in 1981 could be seen on buttons and intarsia fur.


Karl’s reputation for his unique approach to sketching his designs was highlighted in a short film played at the end of the show which saw Karl hand drawing one of the designs. The crowd erupted in cheers to show their support for the legend.

His partner at Fendi and colleague for many years Silvia Venturini Fendi said in a statement:


“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.”


There is no doubt this collection will go down in history.