Volume, richness in texture and colorful decorations are the key details of the Fendi resort 2017 collection that instantly conquers one’s attention and heart. Karl Lagerfeld put all of his efforts into delivering one of the most intricate and detailed Fendi collections of all time, and we couldn’t be more bowled over by it.
For his Fendi cruise 2017 collection, Lagerfeld used patchwork motifs and the American quilting tradition as the line-up’s main source of inspiration, serving us an incredible amount of exquisitely embroidered fabrics in bold colors, especially reds, blues, greens and yellows. The collection features also a few neutral colors and even earth tones that, although being less predominant, help balance the proposals, making the vibrant geometrical patterns stand out even more.
Although mainly focusing on quilting and patchwork details, Lagerfeld also took one of Fendi’s fall 2016 major motifs, namely waves, using them to decorate both the ensembles (especially Fendi’s signature long-sleeved t-shirts with bateau necklines) and the shoes, adding a more dynamic rhythm to the otherwise solely architectural collection.
And dynamic must be his artistic stream of consciousness too, which led the designer to travel back and forth from Japan to America just to skillfully intertwine the red and white quilting motifs with Japanese-inspired antique floral wallpapers. All together, along with the oversized French Vichy patterns, these details denote Lagerfeld’s willingness to contribute to a more cosmopolitan kind of fashion, which unites different cultures and traditions rather than merely draws inspiration from them separately. By combining them all together so graciously and harmoniously, he also kept on confirming his status as one of the most creative and iconic fashion designers in the history of fashion.
As if managing to combine American quilting with French-inspired Vichy motifs and Japanese botanical patterns wasn’t difficult enough, Lagerfeld also took the time to experiment with the perfect kind of fabric for each item, juxtaposing more sleek materials with rich, heavyweight fabrics and even fur depending on the piece he was bringing to life.
He utilized, for instance, heavier and richer textures for the billowy skirts and culottes, at the same time using lightweight fabrics when it came to creating the athleisure-inspired ensembles and the delicate, relaxed blouses. Raw and sharp are the materials he used to design the more minimalistic and geometric proposals, such as the clean-cut trench coats and urban safari dresses.
This Fendi resort 2017 collection also features some strong feminine vibes, which the label has been exuding for a while now. Like in the fall line-up, Lagerfeld enjoyed exploring some more conventionally feminine territories, treating us to ethereal, yet full of personality trapeze short dresses, ankle-length A-line dresses in chiffon, ruched skirts and flowery clutches, as well as mini luggage bags that are just the icing on the cake.
Chunky-heeled open-toe sandals, along with the off-the-shoulder tops and billowy high-waist shorts make us dream of a sunny summer, while the signature fur jackets and use of leather still remind us that Fendi won’t probably follow in the footsteps of its more eco-friendly colleagues.
Photos courtesy of Vogue