Runway Review: Fendi Spring 2015

“Fashion and architecture were the favored forms of expressing avant-garde culture in the early decades of the 20th Century,” penned Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld in a statement prefacing Fendi’s SS15 show, setting the tone for a collection rich in structural details and forward-thinking fashion. Drawing inspiration from Fendi’s new Roman headquarters, the iconic Palazzo della Civilta Italiana; orchids, a uniquely Karl take on the floral trend; and Italy’s cloudy days, translating to a palette of blues, grays, blacks and whites that made Spring showers seem more than welcome.

Strong linear elements were everywhere, from sheer gradient stripes and box-pleats, to tops, sleeves, and hemlines sliced into tiny fringe strips and bold, caged cut-outs revealing peeks of collarbones and midriffs.  The mix of luxe, textural materials was all Fendi, with featherweight suedes, leathers, denim thrown in to keep things feeling utterly of the moment, and a finale of to-die-for feathered minidresses made of hand-frayed organdy.  Architectural single-caped shoulders, loose gaucho pants paired with perfectly tailored, collared tops, a grown-up take on the peplum pant, and double layered jackets showcased new silhouettes for the contemporary, creative woman- functional and chic.

The accessories played with proportions, with oversized bangles and micro-mini handbags chained to bigger bags as charms, and whimsical fur touches and colorful, abstract cut-shaped hair and purse clips that channeled Hans Arp’s wood cuts. And the secret behind the makeup? That baby blue eyeliner was actually cut strips of leather. Now that’s one trick to match your lids perfectly to your look.

The bottom line?  Style rules are meant to be broken.  Modernism is meant to move forward.  And the confidence that comes with being uniquely you is always in style.

About the Author

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.