June 17, 2012 New York
What do Legos and Leopold Stolba, the Vienna Secessionist artist, have in common? Fendi, of course. Karl Lagerfeld, polymath that he is, put both to work for him in the label's new Resort collection. He also referenced his 1970's self with a graph paper print he used back then. It could be that Lagerfeld is waxing nostalgic. More likely, it's just something in the air: The seventies have been a popular decade this season so far. Here the graph print appeared on a button-front blouse and matching skirt with double thigh slits. This was a leggy lineup all around, with shorts doing the work of pants and skirts and dresses dominating. The Fendi woman is no seductress, or at least she's not an obvious one. There's something decorous about these clothes. That said, a couple of little numbers in a beaded Stolba motif came finished with long strands of fringe. And there was more fun to be had on the accessories front. Many of the bags came with accessories of their own in the form of multicolored fur-covered cubes, like luxury versions of rearview mirror fuzzy dice.
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