It's easy to understand why fashion so often looks to the tropics — and the Caribbean, specifically — for design inspiration. The aesthetics are obviously inviting, with the islands' rich color palette and relaxed dress code, but I imagine the mindset one acquires when traveling there on vacation is the main attraction. There's nothing quite like splaying out on a white sand beach to get those creative juices flowing.
While I'm not entirely sure of Karl Lagerfeld's recent travel history, it seems he, too, drew influence from the Caribbean for Fendi's Spring 2018 collection. The show notes mention that the Italian house's latest range melds "Italian Futurism" with "tropical travel," which, on the runway, translated to Futurism's almost boxy silhouettes, especially emblematic of the '30s and '40s.
It was an interesting dichotomy, with sharp coats, skirts and blouses coming down the catwalk in muted shades of ocean blue, seafoam green, coral pink and light sand. Like many collections we saw in New York and London, more literal tropical motifs made an appearance, too, including laser cut fern leaves (like an emerald green skirt on Kendall Jenner) and several varieties of loose, gauzy Hawaiian shirts. (Hello, Harry Styles?) And though the clothing wasn't explicitly sportswear (or even sportswear-inspired), it was sporty; there was no shortage of tennis-ready polo shirts, striped mesh socks, high-waisted briefs and even hood adornments.
Then, of course, there was the fur, which came in the same pleasant color scheme and in varying overlays, including plaid. But there were plenty of outerwear options for those who prefer to steer clear of pelts, like bomber jackets in new logo prints and shoulder-baring coats; meanwhile, Bella Hadid wore a midi-length trench in a beautifully buttery mahogany leather.
As the models came down the runway for the finale, I was reminded of all those studies that instruct you to paint your bedroom in a calming blue or soothing green: By the time it over over, I did feel rather zen.
Click through the gallery below to see every look from Fendi's Spring 2018 collection.