Given that, along with shoes and handbags, fur is what Fendi does best, it’s always a treat to see fur pieces on their runway – even if it’s a Spring collection. Aside from the long summertime fur vests, fur trimmed a number of the shoes and the patterned clutches for a tribal-like balance to a mostly structured and ladylike collection.Stripes (including on the runway itself, on bangles, and on the heels of shoes), cut-outs, sheer fabrics, leather and suede holes (cut into ready-to-wear as well as into the accessories), and sculpted roomy shoulders were recurring motifs in the Spring 2012 Karl Lagerfeld-designed collection.
Though there was a 60s sensibility to some of the silhouettes, there was a decidedly modern and playful feel to the collection with its peek-a-boo fabrics and colorful accessories. Speaking of accessories, however, they were without a doubt the star of the show. Colored butterfly-shaped sunglasses placed over elaborately made-up eyes, shoes with striped cone-like geometric heels and perforated leather straps, and multi-colored studs and striped linings on sure-to-be popular leather bucket bags, were just some of the many notable touches in the lineup of accessories. Certainly the accessories won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but they’re strikingly original, which is a lot more than one can say from what we see on most runways.