Fendi indulges in a floral frenzy with Haute Fourrure

By dreaming of flowers from another world, a strange and ethereal beauty emerges with the Fendi Fall 2017 Haute Fourrure collection.

As Fendi’s third haute fourrure show, the second in Paris after last year’s 90th anniversary celebration in Rome, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées set the scene for a woodland atmosphere at rosy dusk in which designer Karl Lagerfeld conjured a field of otherworldly flowers.

In delicate wings of fabric, the silhouette unfurls like precious petals, fur coats and gowns that cocoon at the shoulders and fall into fishtail points. Heart shapes abound, draping into soft capes, contoured sleeves and winged skirts.

The collection featured blue mink versions springing  from the hem of a light brown sheared Persian lamb coat and 10,000 round paillettes on an egg-shaped cape. The velvet flowers of Bella Hadid’s sheer blue dress were shaved mink again. Along with sable dyed a coral shade and used for the skirt of a short dress, hand-painted shaved mink of a wrap coat with storm flap wings were in the spotlight as new techniques exposed on the stage.

In keeping with the theme, some of the models carried clever flower basket bags, the construction of which created the blooms: Cinch the braided leather drawstring and the abstracted leather and fur petal shapes form the gathered bouquets—irises, poppies, or anemones. The show ended in traditional haute couture form with the bride. Vittoria Ceretti’s wedding dress, like many of the other dresses here, was embroidered in several different motifs. The most astounding was the lattice of the attached shawl, which consists of 9,000 tiny discs that took 1,250 hours to hand sew.

Get an exclusive look backstage as designer Karl Lagerfeld creates a collection of flowers in bloom for an ethereal Fall Haute Couture collection.