Fendi hosted the first-ever fashion show at the Trevi Fountain to launch the new Legends & Fairy Tales collection and celebrate the brand’s 90th anniversary and the restoration of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
The show was a hotspot for A-listers, from celebrities to fashion icons that appeared both on the catwalk and in the front rows.
The Fendi Fall 2016 Haute Fourrure collection featured detailes such as hand-painted and decorated with lace and 3D leather appliqués, all of the embellishments mimicked either the water’s waves or delicate water lilies floating away. The fairytale-like appeal the overall collection was infused with, the inspiration was found within the pages of the 1924 edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales book. This edition got illustrated by Kay Nielsen, a notorious artist whose works, among other, were used in a few series of the Disney animated film Fantasia.
“It was in a way the mood of my childhood, the Northern fairy tales. I called the show Legends and Fairy Tales because it’s a collection that doesn’t relate to everybody like ready-to-wear, this is very special for people who have a special kind of life,” explained Lagerfeld.
Along with the pale blue, cream and pink colors, most of the gowns got finished off with glittering shades of minuscule crystals, recalling the Disney princesses’ unforgettable evening dresses as well as H.C. Andersen’s mysterious and nostalgic fairy tales.
“I called the show Legends and Fairy Tales,” he went on, “because it’s a collection that doesn’t relate to everybody like ready-to-wear, this is very special for people who have a special kind of life.”
Flowers made of sheared mink, along with fringed leather adornments, served as more modern and at times even slightly urban-chic touches for the most eclectic and colored pieces, the floral and animal patterns of which at times interrupted the fairytale-like creations. As for the aforementioned flowers, they got embroidered according to special techniques that, as Lagerfeld pointed out during a press conference, “no other fur house in the world does it, or could do it.”
Learning or creating equally intricate intarsia is surely no small feat, and trying to outdo such a runaway show will be a hard task for Lagerfeld’s couturier colleagues for sure.
Go backstage of the Legends and Fairy Tales collection that made its debut on July 7th at the Trevi Fountain.