In the early 1980s when Milan was a thumping international metropolis, Karl Lagerfeld had an apartment in the city that was covered head-to-toe in Memphis furniture. Thirty years later, backstage at the Fendi S/S 2013 show, the designer said that the vibrant colours and architectural furniture shapes of the Ettore Sottsass design collective had subconsciously inched their way onto his spring runway. 'I didn't set out to do Memphis, but the collection ended up looking a lot like it,' says Lagerfeld. The garments, blocked in brightly coloured, geometric lines and the shoes with their incandescent Rubik's cube-tiled heels, was in fact a nod towards industrial design. But we're pretty sure no one in the design world has ever thought to spray paint a digital pattern onto shaved mink, and that alone comes from the pure genius of the Fendi fashion fantasy.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans; Words: J.J. Martin