FENDI SS2015 women collection show, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, soon the Italian house’s global headquarters, inspires the setting against which a Rome-inspired, enchanting collection is showcased. Pure eclecticism and layered luxury builds around a harmonious blend of avant-garde experimentation and master artisanship, the juxtaposition of materials, tones, textures and workmanship methods enhancing the playful alternation of lengths, cuts and volumes.
A youthful, soft palette supersedes the dark, wintry tone. Karl Lagerfeld carried the bold orchids in the FW2014 collection over to the new season. For the SS15 collection, he took an extinct species from the archive of the imperial greenhouse of Sansouci in 1880 and restyled it into the season’s motif.
The unique silhouette of this strange orchid is represented on dresses, outerwear and furs in the form of prints, embroideries, or even laser-cut details on leathers. The orchid also embellishes the headpieces to give an ethereal air of spring.The collection also gives pride of place to Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana: the architectural silhouette of the dresses, the azure Roman sky reflected on the cropped jacket…all confirm the intrinsic link between the brand and its Roman roots.
Ethereal chiffon dress with elongated train, jaunty miniskirt and sleek, structured pants are animated by a youthful touch. Resplendent bead embroideries, delicately shaved mink, degrade patent coat, and elastic sheer top suggest the impeccable combination of unrestraint creativity and exquisite workmanship, making each piece a work of art.
Another standout of the SS2015 collection is the laser-cut birdcage structure which adds a stylish and sexy twist to the otherwise crisp silhouette of the dresses, tops and jackets. Sheer, feather-like organza is reworked by FENDI’s elaborate craftsmanship with exotic fox fur appliques underneath, giving a rich tactile sensation like plumage to the ethereal and elegant mini-dresses.
The croc-tail motif of the RTW collection is repeated prominently on bags, shoes and headpieces with the seasonal orchid, rhinestones and birdcage-inspired details to whip up a bold yet harmonious surprise.
Shoes, including high-heels and flat sandals, are colorful. The whimsical design is characterized by an austere front and richly decorated counter/heel with rhinestones and croc-tail appliques/ python Mini by the way with rhinestone and fur appliques.