Fendi’s Little Monsters
Monsters—in various iterations and levels of scariness—have been scampering across runways of late. Christopher Kane gave us Frankenstein for Spring ’13, an idea that evolved into a zany-brained cranium motif on his Fall ’13 wares. Jeremy Scott printed his Fall ’13 minis and bombers with slimy green mutants. But none have revived the monster quite so smartly as mad scientists Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Last season, Fendi presented handbags adorned with furry pom-pomed key chains, which appeared to be part owl, part demonic dust bunny. The novelties, as well as the matching clutches, were an instant hit, so it’s no surprise that for Resort ’14, Fendi has kept up the monster mash. Lagerfeld and Fendi showed a whole new batch of kooky, geometric avian creatures on clutches, top-handle bags, and yet more fobs. A twist on the label’s Peekaboo bag—whose slouch reveals a pair of slanted, diabolical eyes above a zippered pouch (mouth?)—epitomizes the duo’s fun, freaky focus.—Nick Remsen
Photo: Courtesy of Fendi