One of the most iconic names in fashion has left his signature sunglass-clad mark on cosmetics. Designer Karl Lagerfeld teamed up with Australian beauty brand ModelCo to create a makeup line that combines his unwavering artistic vision with their makeup expertise. The result is a luminous range of products for face, eyes and lips designed to light up your features—and in some cases, literally light up.
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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).
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.
While there are toughies on everyone’s list, usually there are others that graciously—and genuinely—love everything they receive. Booklovers comprise one such category. Their curiosity makes them agreeable to any pretty volume containing wisdom worth sharing.
Plus books make great gifts, so we couldn’t help but suggest several of our favorites this season. Even non-bibliophiles will relish judging these new releases by their winsome covers.
FENDI by Karl Lagerfeld
Fashion fans will love taking a peek into Maestro Lagerfeld’s personal sketches. Done during his tenure at Fendi, these colorful illustrations showcase his influences and stylish preoccupations—on everything from Eskimos to informatics. While the drawings conjure couture-clad fantasylands, the actual book is so neatly packaged (in an artful crate, with digital and paper versions) as to be a playful escape itself.
A Photographic Memory 1968-1989 by Peter Schlesinger
Photographer Peter Schlesinger moved to London with the painter David Hockney in 1966. There he was thrust into the stratosphere of burgeoning celebrity. Showing the full range of his work from this period, including intimate shots of Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton, Grace Coddington and others, plus his still lifes, A Photographic Memory is an unparalleled look through the lens of this great cultural documenter.
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.
Just released: the newest short film created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Geraldine Chaplin as Gabrielle Chanel, Reincarnation accompanied the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’Art collection shown on December 2, 2014 in Salzburg. Watch. It’s wonderful.
Spring’s almost here, which means it’s time to stock up on the best shoes and handbags for an up-to-date wardrobe. We’re setting our sights on Fendi, as artistic director Karl Lagerfeld has mastered the art of classic style with a cutting-edge twist—a key combination in the current fashion landscape.
Check out some of our favorite pieces for spring.
Shop our full Fendi collection.
It felt a little bit like bird-watching today at the Fendi show, where Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi introduced a new collection displaying vivid colors and exquisite textures. Of course, only the crème de la crème of models would be part of Karl’s flock, which included the likes of Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls and Cara Delevingne. What gave this collection some edge, apart from the use of leather and bright fur, was the clever mohawk of feathers adorning each model’s hair, underscoring the overall punk aesthetic.
The design team at Fendi shares candid snapshots in Milan, from the studio to the runway.
Watch the FW13 Fendi runway show from Milan Fashion Week.
Photos courtesy of Gucci