Fendi Gives Us a Geometry Lesson

By Jessica Barbanel September 22, 2012 4:20 PM EDT
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It's not like Karl Lagerfeld to follow the pack. And his spring collection for Fendi was no different.

The current obsession with the '60s has become increasingly repetitive the last two weeks. Whether intentional or not, there were traces of the '60s, '70s and '20s in this collection. But, when blended together, the mix felt refreshingly new.

Launched in 1925 as a fur and leather shop, the brand has reinvented itself in recent years. Once viewed as too flashy for the younger set, the brand has embraced a fresh, sporty aesthetic that is anything but stodgy.

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At times, the colorblocking and shirtdresses in the lineup felt like they were snatched from the 1970s. And other times there were hints of early 20th-century cubism. The beginnning of the show felt hyper-sporty and a little androgynous.

But, as always with Lagerfeld, there were multiple tricks up his sleeve. Soon the colorblocking was replaced by solid minis and an amazing white coat that any It Girl would be happy to have. Silhouettes started to narrow, and we got many glimpses of the leg.

Later solid minis were replaced by soft, abstract prints that added a touch of femininity to an often-sporty lineup. Metallic evening options were decadent but short and fitted enough to easily woo younger socialities and celebs.

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