Karl Lagerfeld’s take on high summer for Fendi was never going to be anything but all-out glamour. This was a bold, brash collection which took established shapes and gave them a fresh twist. It echoed what had been seen elsewhere: a hint of 1960s influence, shirt dresses and tailored shorts, and a colour palette based on buttercup yellow and powder blue, but in Lagerfeld’s hands these elements felt fresh and original. Pastel shades that should ordinarily be soft were instead made bold, melded with dove grey and bright white, panelled in leather and crafted into strong graphic prints that had a futuristic feel. The most effective pieces played with volume; shoulders were inflated on simple white shirts, coats had pumped-up sleeves and peplum pockets added depth to otherwise sleek pencil skirts. As models in rainbow-coloured heels followed a catwalk marked with arrows, Lagerfeld demonstrated once again that, when it comes to new-season trends, he leads the way.
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