MILAN — Karl Lagerfeld needs no introduction. For Silvia Venturini Fendi, he is also a “mentor and a point of reference,” so for fall, she turned to the legendary designer for inspiration. And for the first time at Fendi, Lagerfeld has designed a men’s look, which will be part of the lineup presented on the runway today.
“After several seasons collaborating with guest artists, it was natural for me — I felt like asking Karl as a style icon, and his way of dressing inspired me,” Venturini Fendi told WWD, as she has in the past worked with the likes of Nico Vascellari, Reilly Hey and Sue Tilley. The designer, referring to the many women in her family, said Lagerfeld was the “male point of reference” for them and for the company.
“I asked him if he wanted to participate and he accepted immediately, sending me a sketch with a marvelous silhouette.”
The Fendi men’s look designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Venturini Fendi said the collection will juxtapose classicism with futurism. “I was rethinking how to reinvent formal tailoring,” she mused. The jacket has an architectural shape, the designer explained, with an asymmetric neckline, a shawl collar on one side and a classic lapel on the other. “This
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