Constructivism. It’s powerful. It’s sharp. It’s provocative. And inKarl Lagerfeld’s hands, it made for a captivating spring collection forFendi, worked with an unexpected light touch that felt anything butfragile. It was terrific.
“Graphics inspired by the world ofinformatics,” proclaimed the show notes — though this was no lineup forcomputer geeks. Instead, Lagerfeld focused on textural play and preciselines, most evident in looks pieced together with contrast elements,i.e., soft dresses made of panels precisely mapped over each other in aspectrum of the same hue. The effect, while graphic, was ultrasoft andappeared as sophisticated colorblocking.
Lagerfeld worked hisfurs with the same ease, shearing minks in patterns against an organzabase for tops, skirts and fur gowns. The latter was an unusual take onevening but the designer delivered it with whimsy and ample chic. Dittothe great coats, especially the navy-and-brown mink shown with a bluebandeau and languid skirt. It may have been fur, but the look wasappropriately breezy for the season.
Silvia Venturini Fendi’saccessories played perfectly into the constructivist motif, withstructured bags worked in graphic patterns and fur charms dangling fromtop handles. The new jewelry collaboration with Delfina Delettrez Fendiparticularly dazzled with ultracool earrings that combined dashes offur, crystal and Delettrez Fendi’s signature eye motif. They might justbecome the house’s new good luck charm for spring.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion