Fendi's Autumn/Winter 2019 Show Was A Touching Tribute To Karl Lagerfeld
Although much of Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy has been about his work at Chanel, he was just as important to Italian brand Fendi. A fixture in designer Silvia Venturini Fendi’s life since she was five, he wasn’t merely the company’s creative director—he was family.
When he was still alive, Lagerfeld was notorious for his work ethic and strong commitment to the fashion houses he worked at. He had lifetime contracts at both Fendi and Chanel, and didn’t seem to have any plans on stopping. When interviewed about his retirement plans in 2012, he famously said: “Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished. I'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored."
And he stayed true to his word. In the show notes, Venturini Fendi reflected on his commitment to the house, mentioning how even in his last days his only thoughts were on the richness and beauty of the collection.
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See the autumn/winter 2019 runway collection in the gallery below:
A mentor to Venturini Fendi since he took the creative directorship at Fendi in 1965, it was clear that Lagerfeld will undoubtedly be a presence that would be missed. From his calligraphy that loomed over the catwalk, to the references to his signature personal style on the runway (the models wore low ponytails and high neck collars), the show wasn’t just a posthumous celebration of Lagerfeld’s legacy at Fendi, but rather a touching tribute.
And just as the last model filed past and an emotional Venturini Fendi took her bow, a short video of played, with Lagerfeld being asked to draw a sketch of himself from his first day of work for Fendi. Cue the waterworks.
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