Runway Report: Fendi SS16

“Femininity in a modern way,” said Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi’s fashion-forward look for SS16.  It was a collection that played with proportions and met what’s old with new, juxtaposing Victorian high-necked collared, bloomer-legged rompers with vibrant hues and futuristic flatforms. Texture was key, in a series of ruching, woven, and whipstitched details, instantly modernizing otherwise classic pieces.

Patchwork pockets, understated cut-outs, and billowed sleeves adorned suiting separates and shift dresses, adding fresh eyes to undisputed wardrobe staples. The feel of spring was infused with leather floral adornments on bags, belts, and harness tops, with a palette that played to the eternal and the bold in blacks, whites, and army greens alongside mix and match kaleidoscopic blues and the full spectrum of coral, blood orange and burgundies.

The Fendi woman was chic and brazen, fearless of crossing the fashion lines of eras and styles. In a way Lagerfeld took us through the muses of the rule breakers – borrowing from the boys while keeping things undoubtedly feminine and flourished, yet practical. It was a glimpse of the modern day heroine, and we’re all eyes.

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.