100 posts tagged "Fendi"
Few bags launched in the last two decades have been more iconic than the Fendi Baguette. Introduced more than fifteen years ago, the slim style arrived on the scene just as the contemporary obsession for accessories was going into overdrive (the original Baguette fanatic, logically enough, was Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City). The Baguette has since been reworked with countless different materials and embellishments, but it’s getting an entirely different kind of update this week. Debuting exclusively here on Style.com, the new myBaguette app was created by Fendi to give users the chance to create their very own take on the classic design. Users can choose a selection of brushes and shapes and a rainbow of colors to mix and match. You can also upload your own photo and manipulate the image with a range of filters.
“The Baguette was created when I was asked to design an especially easy and functional handbag. The end result needed to be modern, a sign of the times, technological and minimal,” Silvia Venturini Fendi told Style.com. “However, my response was to do the exact opposite—something deceptively small yet simple. The Baguette has been an unprecedented success, re-created in over one thousand variations since its creation. Its clean shape can be treated with any kind of material and workmanship, so everyone can find the Baguette they feel is their very own.”
Fendi called on artists such as Sylvie Fleury, Francesco Vezzoli, and André Saraiva to put their own spin on real-life Baguettes (above). Their creations are on view in the myBaguette Art Gallery. Users will also be able to upload their designs to the community gallery and social networks, where Silvia will hand-select her favorite every month. “I am so excited that this app brings the Baguette full circle, into the digital era, giving modern consumers the power to create their own digital version of the Baguette bag,” she said.
Of course, we had to try the app for ourselves here at the Style.com offices. We came up with a graphic black-and-white paint-splatter design, as well as a shocking-pink kaleidoscope pattern. Needless to say, putting your stamp on an icon gets a little addicting.
The Fendi myBaguette app will be available for free on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play starting June 10.
At the helm of three houses (Fendi, Chanel, and his namesake), with countless collaborations under his belt and working on republishing the Nietzsche volumes—not to mention planning Chanel’s undoubtedly epic Resort show in Dubai, scheduled for tomorrow—how does Karl Lagerfeld stay looking so young? Not only does he say no to drugs, drinking, and smoking, the 80-year-old designer avoids cosmetic operations. “The worst are lip operations. There are people who have it done and I don’t recognize them afterwards. They look like they flew through the windscreen during a car accident and were patched up badly afterwards.” Don’t get him wrong, though—as any man in the fashion world should, Lagerfeld still loves to look good. “You know, I’m so shallow, I always want what is exactly new. I am wasteful and others benefit. I do not like sitting on money. It should circulate.” And stimulate the economy he does, acknowledging Dior Homme, Raf Simons, and Givenchy as his “main things.” Want the secret to Karl’s kept youthfulness? “Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young.”
If you had any doubts that Fendi was one of the coolest brands on the block, they should be laid to rest. The house behind some of the most whimsical, luxuriously irreverent takes on fur around (coats dripping 24-karat gold and fur-embellished buggie bag charms, anyone?) is now collaborating with one very formidable group of power women on a series of DIY-styled, ultra-customized bags. The Peekaboo project—launching with an online auction this Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. GMT and the opening of a new London Fendi store on Friday—enlists the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Tracey Emin, Cara Delevingne, Adele, Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger, Zaha Hadid, and more to add their takes to the house’s Peekaboo purse, with the guiding design of Silvia Venturini Fendi.
“The Peekaboo has always been associated with strong iconic women since its creation,” Venturini Fendi told Style.com of the bag, which was introduced for Spring ’09. “We loved the idea to involve women, each of them an icon in her own field of competence. Iconic women working on an iconic bag.” Each of the custom bags—which range from a simple white crocodile version by Paltrow to actress Naomie Harris’ leather satchel imprinted with a butterfly-covered map of Africa (a “message of love and freedom,” said Venturini Fendi)—will be auctioned off to benefit Kids Company, a charity providing support to more than 36,000 inner-city kids in London and Bristol. “We wanted to do something special and unique on the occasion of Fendi’s new boutique opening in New Bond Street,” explained Venturini Fendi. “On one side, we wanted to give back to the British community, and on the other, to celebrate the iconic Peekaboo bag, a bag that since its creation in 2008 was conceived for a total customization, and even more so now with the new MTO service available in the New Bond Street boutique.”
“The main reason I was attracted to the project was because it was raising money for Kids Company, which I think is a fantastic charity,” related Adele, who created a rather cheeky take on this season’s Bag Bug Peekaboo. “The fact that I got to design a handbag was just an added bonus—I got quite carried away and could easily enjoy designing handbags forever.”
Architect Zaha Hadid saw the project as lending wings to her broader creative practice. “Designing these smaller pieces is of great importance to us, as they inspire our creativity, giving us an opportunity to express our ideas on a different scale and through a different media, while helping to raise awareness and funding for a wonderful cause that supports so many children in the U.K.,” she said.
“I really hope this joining forces between women—Fendi itself is also a company created by women for women, from my grandmother to my mother and aunts, now me and also my daughter—will bring amazing results and proceeds for the online auction to benefit Kids Company,” concluded Venturini Fendi. “We left [our collaborators] to express their own creativity without limits, and thanks to our amazing artisans, we were able to make their dreams become reality. Because at Fendi our motto is ‘Nothing is impossible.’”
Looking to make a high-fashion impact on a shoestring budget? The recent runways stand as proof that all you need to tap into the momentary zeitgeist is a little creativity, not a maxed-out credit card. Take, for example, the pretty young thing caught posing with a McDonald’s cup during Sydney fashion week like it was a piece from Jeremy Scott’s fast-food-inspired collection for Moschino. Meanwhile, Chanel’s supermarket sweep of a Fall show convinced us that even grocery carts can be glamorous (especially if they’re being pushed by Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, and Joan Smalls). Ditto goes for Anya Hindmarch’s luxe “Have a Nice Day” bags modeled after those handed out at convenience stores. Other cheap styling tricks we’re eager to try out soon include pinning a violet to our furs à la Fendi and securing our ponytails with dollar-bin scrunchies like Dree Hemingway did in Trager Delaney’s latest lookbook.
For Issue 06 of Style.com/Print we commissioned artist Luca Mainini to illustrate one key look from each of the four major fashion week cities to go along with our runway analysis by Nicole Phelps and Tim Blanks. For New York, Mainini did Marc Jacobs; London, Simone Rocha; Milan, Fendi; and Louis Vuitton for Paris. We flipped these illos into Web-friendly GIFs for your enjoyment. Order the issue now to read the full reports.