MILAN–If Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld’s spring collection for Fendi was a crazy mix of mad-scientist-meets-Milanese-woman, then, well, we don’t even know what to make of Fall 2012.
One thing we are sure about though, is that whatever it was, it involved a lot of layers and contrasting textures. Skirts and dresses were cut through with panels of pleated fabric; in some cases there were two panels which overlapped on one another. Wool coats and dresses had fur sleeves, and much of the outerwear was cleverly crafted to look as if a shorter jacket was layered over top of a longer one. One of our favorite looks was one such coat, which despite having fuzzy fur pockets, was one of the more restrained looks of the collection.
Though you can’t see it in the photos, several of the looks had strange-looking bustles in the back, made out of pleated fabric and leather. It kind of looked like the model had tucked part of her shirt into her underpants, not to mention it added several bulky inches to her backside and hips–something we really can’t imagine too many women would want. Actually, the whole collection, save for the wide waist belts, seemed to disregard any hope for figure flattery–though, we guess, that’s besides the point for Fendi.
And while we probably won’t see anyone wearing one of the brand’s bustle-skirts anytime soon, there were many women (and a few guys!) who left the show lusting after Fendi’s super structured bags and colorful, psychedelic furs.