"Retro is over, no?" Karl Lagerfeld noted backstage before the showing of the Spring/Summer 16 Fendi presentation at Milan Fashion Week last night. Famously anti-retro, avoiding all things remotely resembling the Sixties and Seventies on his runways, he reiterated his dislike for the evocative style, noting that the focus for spring centred around proportion instead.
Crafted in a palette of red, blue, black and khaki, the collection celebrated an au courant power woman. Colour-blocking kept looks streamlined and strong, whilst a few prints made their way into the collection still adding a suavity to the otherwise strong looks. Sturdy fabric appeared detailed with bold accents such as the macro-stitched leather and cording that made its way around the edge of coats, skirts and pockets.
Whilst Lagerfeld stated his anti-retro attitude, the collection still however reached out to a more distant past: The Renaissance. His focus on proportion came through in the form of balloon pants and sleeves of polished proportions and mini-bloomer shorts. A smocking-like effect cinched waists and gripped wrists of the collection's more fluid looks. Cutting away at the waists of tea-length, mini and maxi dresses to show a slice of skin added a graphic element to the lineup that felt modern more than anything.
Last, but certainly not least, the bags Silvia Venturini Fendi sent down the runway gave the otherwise streamlined collection a graphic injection. The Dot Com bag, carried out the ready-to-wear collection's macro-stitch, and played up the power woman's need for fashion-meets-function with a dot that fastened to a detachable inside clutch. Take a closer look at the collection in full via our gallery below...