Karl Lagerfeld and Sylvia Fendi's bold, colorful spring collection for Fendi was a bit of a shock to the senses after Max Mara's understated neutrals--and a good one.
Models including Cara Delevingne (who opened the show), Joan Smalls and Lindsey Wixson sported short black blunt wigs, which we actually somehow didn't even notice during the actual show--that's how attention-grabbing the clothes were.
This season, the designers played with houndstooth. For instance: sheer large houndstooth over smaller, solid houndstooth; tiered dresses (that moved beautifully) where each tier was shaped like a single houndstooth; a sheer skirt with solid houndstooth panels, etc.
Later we noticed a geometric print that looked tech-inspired, like the inside of a computer or the back of a sim card. This could be seen more literally on a simple blue matching top and skirt, and less literally in a black leather dress with sheer bottom and caplet, a leather jacket, and a long black coat. In black and white, the geometric piping felt reminiscent of Alexander Wang's spring 2013 collection. Even so, it looked great.
The collection was all about experimenting with colors prints and textures--there were so many interesting details throughout the 49-look collection that it's hard to know which to call out. It's amazing that someone like Lagerfeld, who has so many different jobs, can produce a collection with as many ideas as this one had. Silhouette-wise, though, things were pretty basic, but we saw a lot of silk wide-leg calf-length pants that might become a fashion editor favorite. Oh and by the way, the designers didn't let go of last season's fur obsession. But since it was spring, the fur showed up in the form of handbags that legit looked like puppies--and we bet they're just as fun to hold.