Winged eyeliner, the pinnacle of Hollywood glamour and the little black dress of makeup, has finally received the upgrade it deserves. Since the days of Marilyn Monroe, Anna Karina and Brigitte Bardot, the coquettish flick has remained mostly unaffected by the changing times—until now. With all eyes on the runway, backstage beauty experts produced a bevy of fresh cat-eye looks, introducing audiences to a range of new shapes, colors and highly desirable drama. Below, we present Fashion Month’s best liner looks (plus shoppable links) that usher in a new era of feline flicks.
Photos by Indigital Images
Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018.
The brand: Fendi
The history: Adele and Edoardo Fendi founded a leather and fur company in Rome in 1925. By 1946, their daughters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda, joined the family business, and today Anna’s daughter Silvia Venturini Fendi oversees accessories and menswear. She originated the house’s iconic Baguette bag (a plot point in several episodes of Sex and the City).
Grand master of high fashion Karl Lagerfeld presented a collection of what Vogue called “techno rococo confections” for spring ’17. The skillfully executed mashup of eras and tastes included gilded aprons over pants and boudoir-inspired lingerie pieces amid exaggerated sleeves and high-contrast pinstripes. And, of course, decked-out Fendi handbags.
Runway photos by InDigital Images
Beautifully offbeat, expertly crafted pieces are something of a signature for Fendi—a well-known fact for anyone who owns a handbag (or three) from the iconic Italian house.
Which is why just days before the Milan Fashion Week runway show, we celebrated the launch of the newest Peekaboo bag—her name is Selleria–at our downtown Seattle flagship store. Fendi lovers sipped on bubbly and perused the boutique as they witnessed the magic of Italian artisan Dimitri Ciandella.
With just over two weeks to go before Designer Preview on July 28 in Seattle, we’re all getting pretty serious about that question hanging in the air: “What should we wear?” After visiting with SPACE ambassador Shawn Serven last week at our Seattle flagship, the ready-to-wear part of the equation is likely shaping up quite nicely.
But what to do about the crucial handbag element?
All about the embroidery embellishment: Gucci on-point
We recently revisited Shawn for a trip through the designer handbag offerings, where it became clear that there are three major trends to consider: color, size and embellishment.
From outside our flagship store, in the South-facing picture window, a shimmery wall of gold-toned cutouts frame a new-season Louis Vuitton showpiece. Around the corner, CHANEL mannequins in airline chic (remember that show?) allow for just a peek through the glass to the handbags and accessories inside.
Downtown Seattle Nordstrom
Inside, near the Beauty department, a striking image of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander carting one of this season’s hot Louis Vuitton Twist bags reaches almost as high as the ceiling. And down the way, the shop of iconic Gucci handbags is as vivid and alluring as the brand’s super-popular campaign images. And then there’s the ascent up the escalators: upon one’s arrival on the second floor, a studio of CHANEL apparel calls to mind the legend of Coco’s Paris apartment, while cool-girl looks at the Saint Laurent hideout coax an approachable nightclub vibe.
In short, with the addition of nine brand-new shop-in-shop boutiques, the in-progress remodel at our downtown Seattle flagship has lately yielded a gorgeous and inspiring trip down a high-style European avenue. May we offer you a guided tour?
Gimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.
Embracing progress, and in turn the young customer, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi presented a playful collection with exquisite old-school details enhanced by modern technology.
As if produced on a 3D printer, crisp ruffles were the through line, appearing on bibs, along sleeves, peplums and tall boots with the slouchy drape of over-the-knee socks. Even the shoes unfurled like alien flowers—in Fifth Element oranges and blues—although they were inspired by 18th-century Japanese botanical illustrations. Lagerfeld explored a sumptuous and earthy fall palette through his patterned furs and embellished golden garments. Fendi’s popular monster trope, seen especially on bag charms worldwide, even peeked from the collar of a navy coat.
Karl Lagerfeld celebrates—brace yourself—5o years at Fendi this year. “Nowhere, even designers of their own [labels], no one lived long enough to do it for such a long time. And I am not tired of it at all. I even think I work better today,” the icon told the Independent in London.
When you’ve worked that long and that strong, you deserve to celebrate any which way you’d like, for as long as you’d like. Perhaps even with adorable bag charms crafted in your likeness and sold vending machine–style from exclusive installations around the world.
Get a sneak preview of this limited-edition collection here, and then visit our Michigan Avenue store from October 15 to October 19 to get in on the celebration.
Gimlet-eyed Crystal Nicodemus is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.
I am obsessed with wide leg trousers and, luckily, they are very on trend this year. This high waisted, pleated style has a military edge, which is another big theme of the season. The unexpected pairing of a tight white turtleneck and pointed stilettos creates some interesting interplay, as does the kitschy box bag. Kiki is clearly having fun experimenting, and I dig it!
Thursday’s shows opened with a nod to nautical at Max Mara, where sailor stripes, stars, ropes and porthole graphics flooded the runway. It was the details that kept them from falling in lockstep: the models’ brightly painted brows, too-long sleeves and buttons all askew. Here and there, sheer fabric revealed a little more.
Shop: current season Max Mara