Fendi’s new Roman headquarters is the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, built under Mussolini. Its Square Colosseum configuration was the inspiration for today’s set, and when Silvia Venturini Fendi talked about the collection being “on the road,” she meant the high velocity that is sweeping Fendi into the future. A new technique that managed to inset strips of fabric without stitching (or something of that sort) to create the kind of seamless, streamlined effect. Karl Lagerfeld has become paterfamilias to a whole tribe of bright, and very excitable, young things. The collection that he and Silvia do together has taken on a character not like any Fendi that’s come before. A new era of printed, woven, embroidered, appliquéd, and even sculpted from suede for Spring 2015.
Fendi Show on the Great Wall of China, Spring 2008.
The Kaiser staged a runway show for Fendi on the Great Wall of China. The $10 million production spanned two days in Bejing, showed 88 Fendi looks and drew in VIPs—like Kate Bosworth and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld—from all over the world.