sunny.png
Wednesday March 20th, 2019 3:37PM

Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MILAN (AP) — Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years.

The fashion house said in notes for its Milan Fashion Week show that the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection "is the final collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld, representing a lifetime of dedication and creation from 1965 until today."

Reproductions of five of Lagerfeld's sketches accompanied the notes, summing up the looks. A small card came printed with his signature and the Fendi "F'' that had a heart forming the cross-stroke. The date of the designer's death was on the back: 19-02-2019.

A video recorded before his death showed Lagerfeld being asked to draw himself as he appeared on his first day at Fendi.

"Well, that's prehistoric," the designer said. "In the 1960s, we didn't hold back."

His personal Fendi preview look: a Cerruti hat over his long hair, dark sunglasses, a printed Lavalliere tie, a yellow-and-red English hunting jacket in Scottish tweed, French-style culottes and a bag that he had found in Milan.

"That was my style. Disreputable," the late designer told the camera in French.

Other highlights from the second day of Milan Fashion Week:

_____

LAGERFELD'S FENDI FINALE

Karl Lagerfeld's grand finale at Fendi emulated the designer's signature style, with striking high collars and the models wearing ponytails at the nape.

The opening look featured a huge bow tie and a double-breasted jacket with white accents, worn with a mini-skirt showing off Fendi tights. That look was elaborated on to show the same jacket as a long overcoat, then paired with wide-legged pleated trousers with white stripe accents. A neat, point-collared shirt buttoned to the top unified the outfits. .

A series of wide-pleated skirts in shiny finishes or sheers, as well as structured dresses with pagoda shoulders, pointy collars and cinched waists feminized the collection.

Coats were luxurious furs with the elegant double-F logo in cursive - known as Lagerfeld's curling "Karligraphy" - and laser-cut leather with zippers that opened the sleeves and the back. Shiny leather coats were shaped like capes and had open-zip arms and fur collars.

Beyond neutral tones, Lagerfeld included flashes of daffodil yellow, seafoam green and tangerine. The looks were finished with fur riding caps, the Fendi Peekaboo bag with perforated detailing or the updated Baguette bag with a multi-strap harness.

Gigi Hadid closed the show in a diaphanous mango dress with a snug Fendi-logoed bodysuit. A big bow floated on the back.

___

FENDI'S PUBLIC FAREWELL

Silvia Venturini Fendi, who was a child when Lagerfeld joined Fendi and revolutionized fur at her family's fashion house, thanked the fashion crowd and took a bow, then clenched her fists and stepped backstage.

A screen descended: Backstage was kept private.

Venturini Fendi in a note said the bond between Lagerfeld and Fendi "is fashion's longest love story."

"When we called just a few days before the show, his only thoughts were on the richness and the beauty of the collection," she wrote. "It's a true testament to his character. He shall be so missed."

____

MAX MARA CELEBRATES THE POLITICS OF GLAMOR

Max Mara dedicated its collection to the "boss lady," a nod to the women who have strode to power in their luxury outerwear and business attire.

The show title, "the politics of glamor," was also a not-so-hidden reference to the brick-red "Fire Coat" that U.S. House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi wore to a White House showdown with President Donald Trump. A flurry of social media attention prompted the fashion house to reissue the high-neck coat.

Most of the looks in the latest collection for next fall and winter were for serious day dressing, with a focus on short skirts or longer versions that appeared cut from trousers, but with deep slits to show off knee-high, faux croc boots.

Outwear varied from ankle-length sleeveless coats with oversized pockets and to poncho coats with furry collars. Zips and pockets gave a sense of utility.

Max Mara punctuated its trademark neutral monotones with trios of colors and prints, opening the show with identical mini-skirt, business looks in an emerald green, sky blue and canary yellow. The outfits were topped with large, enveloping alpaca cardigans.

Wools mixed with technical fabrics, leathers and fur for contemporary styling. Neutral monotones in ivory, camel and caramel toast gave way to animal prints and heritage prints with heart motifs.

Accessories included an innovative bag that draped around the neck like a scarf and incorporated two compartments on each end, or a small clutch attached to the body with a harness.

Eva Herzigova closed the show with a black mini with the slightest golden sheen, worn with a black granite textured coat that was mined from the depths of fashion. Kaia Gerber rocked a layered off-white look with a rich, furry overcoat and single-button suit coat.

____

EMPORIO ARMANI FOR EVERY AGE

Emporio Armani is Giorgio Armani's line for youthful dressers, but the designer sent an older model down the runway to emphasize that age is not the defining measure.

For this collection, shapely legs certainly were. The looks included shorts that looked like skirts, or mini dresses with swinging hemlines. Armani included a low kitten heel on booties or knee-high evening sock boots, because "the low heel gave a sense of freedom."

He said a faux crocodile jacket could give an older woman an edgier touch at a price tag not out of this world.

The Emporio Armani freestyle styling included a sweatshirt with a new gold-embossed EA logo pairs with fluid, elegant trousers. An off-shoulder jumpsuit with a deconstructed jacket top projected a day-to-evening derring-do. Pretty dresses were paired with latex-effect leggings.

For Armani, the limits of fashion are defined by "good taste."

The collection included a series of red looks, perhaps a tribute to the growing Chinese market.

Red, along with black and white, "resets everything you see around, that is so much, too much," Armani said.

___

PRADA EXPLORES LOVE AND WAR

Prada's collection for next fall and winter explores the dichotomy between war and romance, the tug between better and baser impulses.

The collection veers from military looks in Loden textiles with combat boots but softened with furry backpacks to romantic styles with dresses strewn with floral appliques or layered with lace accents.

"It is about romance, but romance and fear," the designer said after the show. "In the sense that the two forces I feel at the moment are fear and danger, but at the same time romance is the solution. So these are pieces of love stories, introducing good in a world that has a lot of bad.

___

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT MOSCHINO

Jeremy Scott staged a tongue-in-cheek Moschino game show to show off his collection of slinky dresses and gold lame on women with 1970s bouffants.

The collection fully embraced the early television era, with handbags shaped as TV dinners, toothpaste tubes and champagne bottles, reflecting the reality of home cuisine, a major TV-era advertising force and the millionaire dreams of the television audience.

Models shimmied up against a red Ferrari, a grandfather clock, kitchen appliances and a La-Z-Boy recliner -- the latter of which boasted price tags below most present-day luxury brand apparel.

Scott basked in the irony, taking a star turn under a shower of big gold confetti.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Business
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'
Fendi has paid understated tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years
7:06PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Cohen visits Senate offices ahead of congressional testimony
Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, visited the Senate intelligence committee's offices on Thursday, meeting with his lawyers in preparation for three days of congressional testimony next week
6:53PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Feds: El Chapo's sons indicted on drug conspiracy charges
Two sons of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges
6:41PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the vast border with Brazil to be closed, just days before opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid he has refused to accept
5:58PM ( 1 hour ago )
Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela's needy
President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantryman to the border bracing for what he claims is a U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, as his opponents rally their own troops
4:40PM ( 2 hours ago )
UK acknowledges key trade deals won't be ready by Brexit day
The British government acknowledged that trade deals with major countries such as Japan and Turkey will not be in place by Brexit day, while the EU's chief said he's downbeat about Britain avoiding a chaotic departure
3:52PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP World News
A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook
Two brothers who played key roles in what Chicago police say was a staged attack on Jussie Smollett are so far walking away legally unscathed
6:05PM ( 1 hour ago )
Prosecutor: Actor gave detailed instructions for fake attack
Prosecutor: 'Empire' actor gave detailed instructions for staged Chicago attack
5:48PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Celebrities weigh in on Smollett charges
Tyler Perry, Andy Cohen and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are among the well-known figures weighing in on social media bout the criminal charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett
4:50PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
The Latest: Prosecutors: Smollett made detailed attack plan
Prosecutors say "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett gave detailed instructions to two brothers who helped him in a staged attack against him in downtown Chicago, including giving them specific slurs to yell
3:29PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Judge sets $100,000 bond for Jussie Smollett
A judge has set a $100,000 bond for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of staging an attack against himself in downtown Chicago last month
3:13PM ( 4 hours ago )
Kristofferson, Dolly producer Fred Foster died at age 87
Legendary Nashville producer Fred Foster, who was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, has died at the age of 87
2:46PM ( 4 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
White House ends California talks on mileage dispute
The Trump administration says it has broken off talks with California in a dispute over mileage standards, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to roil the auto industry
5:50PM ( 1 hour ago )
Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated
Ford Motor Co. says it has launched an investigation into whether a flawed mathematical model caused it to overstate gas mileage and understate pollution from a wide range of vehicles
5:26PM ( 1 hour ago )
Evictions, rent hikes push Oregon to statewide rent control
Oregon is poised to become the first U.S. state to impose mandatory rent controls
5:25PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Cohen visits Senate offices ahead of congressional testimony
Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, visited the Senate intelligence committee's offices on Thursday, meeting with his lawyers in preparation for three days of congressional testimony next week
6:53PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Feds: El Chapo's sons indicted on drug conspiracy charges
Two sons of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges
6:41PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics
Reactions to police assertion that Jussie Smollett staged the attack on himself reflect the polarized state of political discourse in US
6:35PM ( 39 minutes ago )
2 women accuse R. Kelly of sexual misconduct in 1990s
Two women say singer R. Kelly picked them out of a crowd at a Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s when they were underage and had sex with one of the teens although she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and could not consent
6:29PM ( 45 minutes ago )
Michael Jackson estate lawsuit sues HBO over documentary
The estate of Michael Jackson sues HBO over a documentary about two men who accuse the late pop superstar of molesting them when they were boys
6:25PM ( 49 minutes ago )