Springing from models' heads and disappearing into long spiny braids, silver streaked fox mowhawks set the stage for a primal yet futuristic Fendi show. Though the creations up above looked like slithering reptilian tails and were topped off with fuzzy fur trimmed eyewear, down below, creative director Karl Lagerfeld boxed bodies into modern cages of graphic, blocked, line-treated fur. Both top and tail, it turns out, where equally as captivating. In a Fall/Winter collection, it's hard for Fendi not to show off the technical excellence of its fur making capabilities, but this outing was particularly mind-blowing. Fine lines of colour that appeared stencilled over or cut into fur bases, for example, created a 3D trompe l'oeil effect on faux-pleat skirts or on streaky car coats, while different plays on fur length created pattern in the pile height. The accessories, thanks to family scion Silvia Fendi, continue to out-do themselves. We could spend all of next winter wearing color-blocked or multi-stripe handbags made from pure mink, or curve-edge booties tufted in silky fox.
Photography: Jason Lloyd Evans; Words: J.J. Martin