Spectacular and destined to make history, the Fendi Couture fall/winter 2016-2017 show was literally glamour overload that left all the participants in awe. The extravagant and fairytale-like show came just in time to celebrate two different events: Fendi’s 90th anniversary and the restoration of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, which served as the couture show’s suggestive venue (all the models walked down a spectacular glass runway placed over the fountain).
The show was, of course, a hotspot for A-listers, from celebrities to fashion icons that appeared both on the catwalk and in the front rows. Among the most famous models that had the chance to walk on such a stunning and out-of-this-world catwalk were Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, who we could fairly state are Karl Lagerfeld’s ultimate muses.
Kendall was also the first to make a short appearance on Fendi’s Instagram right before the show, teasing us and letting the speculation start regarding how and in what ways Lagerfeld had chosen to combine the Trevi Fountain’s imposing structure with his newest collection.
As for the celebrities gathered around one of Rome’s most fascinating masterpieces, it was clearly possible to catch sight of fashion-enthusiast actresses and fashion artists, such as Bella Thorne, Kate Hudson, Maria Grazia Chiuri (who has been officially appointed as Dior’s newest creative director), and Pierpaolo Piccioli, just to name a few.
The Fendi Couture fall 2016 collection, needless to say, was a pure pleasure to watch. It wafted an artful and magical air as soon as Kendall Jenner opened the show with a striking coatdress embellished with top-notch details.
Somehow the sparkling waters of the fountain and the Baroque motifs, perfectly recalled some of the main motifs of Fendi’s fall 2016 couture line-up, if not the entire collection in all its majesty.
Hand painted and decorated with lace and 3D leather appliqués, all of the embellishments mimicked either the water’s waves or delicate water lilies floating away. As for the magic, fairytale-like appeal the overall collection was infused with, the inspiration was found within the pages of the 1924 edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales book. This edition got illustrated by Kay Nielsen, a notorious artist whose works, among other, were used in a few series of the Disney animated film Fantasia.
Along with the pale blue, cream and pink colors, most of the gowns got finished off with glittering shades of minuscule crystals, recalling the Disney princesses’ unforgettable evening dresses as well as H.C. Andersen’s mysterious and nostalgic fairy tales.
“It was in a way the mood of my childhood, the Northern fairy tales. I called the show Legends and Fairy Tales because it’s a collection that doesn’t relate to everybody like ready-to-wear, this is very special for people who have a special kind of life,” explained Lagerfeld.
Flowers made of sheared mink, along with fringed leather adornments, served as more modern and at times even slightly urban-chic touches for the most eclectic and colored pieces, the floral and animal patterns of which at times interrupted the fairytale-like creations. As for the aforementioned flowers, they got embroidered according to special techniques that, as Lagerfeld pointed out during a press conference, “no other fur house in the world does it, or could do it.”
Learning or creating equally intricate intarsia is surely no small feat, and trying to outdo such a runway show will be a hard task for Lagerfeld’s couturier colleagues for sure.
Photos courtesy of Vogue