There were camera-mounted drones buzzing loudly overhead at the Fendi show Thursday afternoon, but creative director Karl Lagerfeld had more than one marketing trick up his sleeve. Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing a sleek, fur-hooded coat, carrying a prim white handbag in one hand and, between the tips of her left thumb and pointer finger, what appeared to be a voodoo doll — but what was actually a doll version of the Kaiser himself, complete with video-recording capabilities.
That Delevingne was carrying a Lagerfeld doll was enough to produce a sensation. The fact that she looked incredibly chic and powerful while doing it made it one of the most exciting moments of Milan Fashion Week.
Fendi, as usual, was strong on the fur this season. In the first few looks, Lagerfeld treated it unseriously, attaching it in little patches on sleeves and on the front of coats, but later producing some triumphantly luxurious coats with luscious hoods in brown and white fox fur, and alternating short and long fur on a single jacket to create an interesting diagonal pattern. Towards the end, he showed black and dark green velvet dresses embellished with crystals that looked like constellations, finished with long white gloves, white boots and fresh white orchids on a green fur collar. All this was shown on one of the longest runways of fashion month. Oh, and the drones.
Here’s a photo Delevingne posted to her Instagram from backstage with Lagerfeld and the doll: