Monday, 11 July 2016

Legends and Fairy Tales by FENDI Haute Couture

Last July, Fendi marked Karl Lagerfeld’s 50th year at the Italian house with a Paris haute fourrure show. The designer is famously averse to birthdays and anniversaries “I don’t look back,” he’s fond of saying but the house wasn’t going to let a milestone like its own 90th slip by quietly. With the couture shows wrapping up in Paris, Fendi shuttled guests by chartered plane to Rome for another haute fourrure show last Thursday. They secured the Trevi Fountain of La Dolce Vita fame for the event, fresh off a $2.4 million, one-and-a-half-year rehab. The fountains turned on, and the models started their march over a see-through runway built on top of its pools. It will go down as one of the most majestic show venues ever; few come close, but among them was Fendi’s 2007 show on the Great Wall.

If there was a drawback about this location, it was that the models weren’t nearly close enough for guests Bernard Arnault and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli among them to appreciate the sensational workmanship that went into the show’s 46 looks. The 5,000 hand-cut holes that turned the rose-color Persian lamb of a long dress into lace. The lynx jacket that was too precious to dye, but was dyed a delicate shade of pink all the same. The absolutely miniscule squares of mink that took 1,200 work hours to stitch together mosaic-style into a magical forest scene. Crocheted dresses on a base of tulle were embroidered with swatches of long-hair mink and fringed leather, while lace dresses were appliquéd with flowers hand-cut from sheared mink. Pull them off the rack, as a Fendi rep did at a press conference, and they felt almost weightless, evanescent even. “This is what Fendi is all about. No other fur house in the world does it, or could do it,” Lagerfeld said in an interview.

Savoir faire is one thing, but the spirit of the collection was enchanting, as well. Lagerfeld found his starting point in a 1914 book of fairy tales, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, illustrated by the Danish artist Kay Nielsen. Several of his illustrations directly inspired individual pieces. “It was in a way the mood of my childhood, the Northern fairy tales,” Lagerfeld explained of why he chose the book. Milestone aside, Lagerfeld doesn’t really go in for nostalgia. “I called the show Legends and Fairy Tales,” he went on, “because it’s a collection that doesn’t relate to everybody like ready-to-wear, this is very special for people who have a special kind of life.” He’s made princess coats for princesses quite literally in the case of a mink with a princess intarsia on its back. It’s a testament to Lagerfeld’s talent, and that of the Fendi ateliers, that the results are so absolutely winsome.

Discover my Instagram-teaser 'Fittings before the show' with the coverage direct from the FENDI Haute Couture presentation, and FENDI Fall/Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture runway show at the end of this post - enjoy! LoL, Andrea  

Karl Lagerfeld & Silvia Venturini Fendi

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Photo Credit/Source: The House of FENDI 

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Conceived by Creator Directors Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, the Fall/Winter 2016/17 collection explores new textures, soft silhouettes and bold embroidery with a romantic twist. Star of the collection are the waves and the botanical detailing, spotted on the garments as well as on the accessories. Also, debuting on the runway, is the DotCom bag in its Mini version, embellished with the must-have Strap You.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

DIOR Fall/Winter 2016 Ad-Campaign With Julia Nobis

Julia Nobis is back as the face of Dior’s Autum/Winter 2016 campaign after previously appearing in the autumn 2015 advertisements. The Australian beauty poses for Steven Meisel in dynamic studio shots. Each shot features the blonde model in mid-stride with a bag hanging from her hand. Dior’s autumn collection was designed by Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, who will also unveil the haute couture collection in July.

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As the embodiment of the Dior ready-to-wear autumn-winter 2016-2017 collection, the progressively mobile woman is an active and expressive woman of today. Incarnated by Julia Nobis, her personality is spontaneously expressed in an unfettered mix of garments, motifs and embroideries. In this series of shots, her athletic dynamism reveals the inherent richness of the creations she wears: a skirt's sensual slit exposing a leg caught in mid-stride, an association of animal and plant motifs visible when the panels of a coat flip up, or the flounces of a dress that flutter with a shift of the shoulders.

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Photo Credit/Source: The House of DIOR

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"Paradise is here." - Christian Dior
Callian, Montauroux, Le Lavandou, Saint-Tropez and Saint-Raphaël… Christian Dior had always been inspired by the sunny charms of the French Riviera. It was like a faithful mirror, a sister land that reflected and nourished his sunny soul.


A few of the quainter ones were being trotted out by the natives who had boarded “The Dior Express” as it chugged through the Oxfordshire countryside, bound for Blenheim Palace May 31st (see my Instagram-story @andreajankeofficial direct from the show). It was bucketing down, pelting, chucking it down, raining cats and dogs doing everything in its power, in fact, to rain on the grand, sweeping country house location of Dior’s Resort show.

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