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Milan Fashion Week: Fendi

In a week when other shows might have stolen the limelight, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi’s spring 13 collection managed to stand out for its precision, intriguing methods of construction, confident use of colour and the less tangible quality of lightness of touch.

Hand-made, let alone hand-finished, the collection was also stitchless, the duo instead using saldatura fusing to put the pieces together. While this welding process sounds complicated, in reality the collection was light, at times bright and eminently desirable – the easy and chic nature of the cute blouses, deceptively complex shift dresses and lightweight jackets were commercial but captivating. The 3D layering gave the collection texture against which the designers contrasted blocked colours, lending the clothes clarity. The huge balloon suspended above the catwalk may have popped at the opening of the show but Lagerfeld’s bubble certainly hasn’t burst just yet.

In short Commercial but creative – the perfect combination. The colour and easy vibe may be mimicked by the wider market but the construction won’t be.

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