Fendi seemed to want to make a point this season about how much fur could be used in one collection and on how many items. Each show-goer was given a folder containing several of Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches–one of which announced, “Fendi is Fur; Fur is Fendi.” Arrows pointed out where on the model there was fur, and, of course, there was so much of it that the page was covered with them.
Maybe designers Silvia Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld wanted to make their pro-fur stance clear, in light of PETA’s constant badgering of the house. Or maybe, in a season where almost every designer is showing some clever take on fur, they wanted to lay claim to it: Begun as a furrier and leather goods brand in 1925, the Italian fashion label has had plenty of time to perfect their fur craft.
Whatever the case, it should come as no surprise that the collection was full of fur. You could find the stuff on pretty much everything in the collection: Fur adorned shoes, belts, sunglasses and even the models’ hair–a small mop of fur was positioned on the head to resemble a mohawk.
Then of course there were the fur coats: gorgeous, luxurious, and with a hint of Fendi’s signature quirk. They came in camel, with multi-colored stripes, in lovely combinations of black, teal, orange, and white. There was even a fringed fur coat. Striped fur, almost skunk-like, was also used to trim the eveningwear at the end of the show.
To make their point about fur being the focus of the collection even more crystal clear, Lagerfeld and Fendi kept everything else simple. Non-fur items were almost entirely black or white (save for the standout fuschia and blue jackets) and minimalist. It was the perfect counterpoint to the excessive luxury of the furs.