Because Karl Lagerfeld wasn't busy enough with his eponymous clothing line, ready-to-wear collections for both Chanel and Fendi and biannual couture shows for Chanel, the 81-year-old designer has extended himself even further: On Wednesday in Paris, he presented the first-ever couture collection for the house of Fendi, which consisted almost entirely of fur. Dubbed "haute fourrure," the show brought the controversial (yet still quite popular) material center stage. The 36-look range featured floor-length minks, multi-colored stoles, intarsia coats and textured capes in shades of brown, grey, cream and pink — some even had feathers and floral appliques to add some extra flavor.
The Italian house is known for the luxe furs it shows in its ready-to-wear collections each season — the coats can cost up to the high five figures, while smaller fur accessories, like the famous Karlito mink keychains, hover around the $1,000 price point. However, Wednesday's show was the house's most extravagant display of fur yet, and animal rights activists were on high alert. Outside the show, protesters greeted showgoers with gruesome signage and aggressive shouting. But, considering the craftsmanship and the long-standing reputation Fendi has for its exquisite coats, we doubt that the couture buyers in attendance will be deterred.
What do you think of Fendi's first couture outing? See the full collection, as well as some documentation of the protests, below.