Valentino might have picked up sticks and moved its Fall/Winter 2015 show to Rome this season, but a new haute couture, or rather haute fourrure, house easily slid into the vacant slot. Fendi, to celebrate the 50th (yes 50th) anniversary of Karl Lagerfeld designing for the Italian brand, decided it was high time to put on a show that was dedicated 100% to the furrier foundation of the house.
The company took over the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on Wednesday night for their show, which ended up being a rather appropriate venue choice considering all the theatrics that Peta threatened to unleash on the house in protest of its use of fur. In the end, security was beefed up and the show went off without incident. The only demonstrations that took place inside the walls of the théâtre were that of admiration for the craftsmanship represented in each fur garment.
This was not a collection with a theme or a particular starting point. Fur pieces came interwoven with plastic, mixed with feathers, or embellished with leather. The only goal was to show off the incredible breadth and width of the Fendi fur atelier. It was almost as if Lagerfeld wanted to find a way, in just one collection, to design a myriad of different coats so that every woman would alight upon the exact one she had always been looking for.
When the final fur cape finished its turn on the catwalk, a sense of regret was already in the air. A shame that this event was only ever imagined as a “one of” occasion. Fendi’s furs belong in an haute couture setting. This show faultlessly proved that. Here’s hoping that Fendi won’t want to give this show slot back to Valentino next season. It would certainly make a great new addition to the calendar.