These days, creative directors dart from fashion house to fashion house like bees pollinating a very exclusive garden. Not so with Karl Lagerfeld. Choupette’s devoted dad has now spent 51 years designing for Fendi. Considering the brand’s only been around for 90, that’s a pretty astonishing feat.
To celebrate its astoundingly successful open relationship with Lagerfeld and near-century in business, the brand staged a breathtaking haute couture show on Rome’s newly renovated (thanks to Fendi funds) Trevi Fountain. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid walked on water, but the elder Hadid, a Lagerfeld favorite, was noticeably earthbound.
As if to compensate for this omission, over the last two months, Lagerfeld has shot Gigi Hadid for Harper’s Bazaar not once, but twice. In the latest round of images, Gigi models Karl’s story tale-inspired Fendi designs. In Harper’s November issue — hitting newsstands today — Lagerfeld discusses what it is that keeps his relationship with the Fendi family alive. (more…)