Karl Lagerfeld passed away earlier this week at age 85 and the fashion industry will never be the same again. As the creative director of Fendi, Chanel and his eponymous brand, this monumental loss will be felt through several brands, but especially Chanel and Fendi, the latter where he worked for 54 years. Creative partner Silvia Venturini Fendi said in a press release, “The bond between Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld is fashion’s prolonged love story, one that will continue to touch our lives for years to come.”
Lagerfeld’s latest collection was decidedly feminine. The shoulders were defined, the waists were pinched, and the hems gently brushed the calf. A palette of neutrals contrasting with saffron yellow and turquoise. In a real play of textures, the transparent muslin slips against the structured leather coats. The brand also reintroduced a recorded monogram print from 1981, called “Karligraphy,” made from Lagerfeld’s own script.
In the most moving part of the show, Gigi Hadid closed with a standing ovation. Like a memorial video from Karl Lagerfeld describing what he wore on his first day on the job at Fendi, there wasn’t a single eye in the house that stayed dry.
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