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Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear


BY Katharine K. Zarrella

September 22, 2016

If this isn’t the year of the ready-to-wear pajama, I don’t know what is.

To the tune of a twinkling piano, Karl Lagerfeld sent ethereal sugarplum fairies down Fendi’s Spring 2017 runway.

It began, as so many things have in Milan, with Bella Hadid marching down the runway in a high-fashion, striped version of a night shirt. The bell sleeves boasted the Fendi insignia.

There was also a workwear element here, accentuated by big pockets, ballooning cropped pants (the navy version was scrumptious), stripy sock boots, and a number of plays on the apron.

But those sheer pastel looks, especially the ones paired with bralettes or embellished with trompe l’oeil bows, were pure bedtime fantasy. There was so much transparency—blouses, dresses, skirts, and more were shown in fluttering, sheer fabrics dyed peach, blush, baby blue, and mint.

This slightly perverse, or at the very least, subversive girlishness was accented by the models’ glittery lips (courtesy of Peter Philips), and the bejeweled, candy-colored studs they wore in their hair (which was sometimes done up in pigtails).

Those studs were were the same ones that turned up on Fendi’s new Kan I bag. They kind of looked like high-fashion dot candy.

Following a parade of decadent, rococo-inspired florals, some of which popped up on a white, intarsia fur jacket, Fendi’s sweet apparitions stepped off the runway.  

Lagerfeld doesn’t subscribe to see-now, buy-now, but these decidedly “Fendi” Spring wares will likely have fans dreaming until they hit stores.


Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear

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