Described as “a guessing game of texture and technique”, the Fendi Couture Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Collection dances between sublime tradition and new realities in Haute Couture Innovation.
Innovation illuminates a precious future for Fendi, where the Orphist approach to ‘pure painting’ is tempered by Neoclassical rigour. Fendi traveled to Paris and the Palais Brogniart to unveil its Fall/Winter 2018-2019 haute couture collection. The poetic collection was signed by the creative duo of Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of the Maison since 1965, and Silvia Venturini Fendi, Creative Director for Men’s collections and accessories. A flagship of Parisian architectural heritage, the Palais Brongniart provides a prestigious venue for hosting your major events in the very heart of the French Capital.
At the Palais Brongniart in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Fendi since 1965 presented the Maison’s Fall/Winter 2018-2019 haute couture collection.
The German couturier drew inspiration from the early 20th-century Orphism art movement, often called a poetic version of Cubism. The result was a highly colorful collection that melded tradition and modernity.
Ultra-feminine silhouettes accentuate the waist and shoulders. Organza and chiffon fabrics become trompe l’œil surfaces. Coats and dresses are graced in a rainbow palette of pink, apricot and lavender, echoing the canvasses of Czech painter František Kupka.
The Orphists were rooted in Cubism but moved toward a pure lyrical abstraction, seeing painting as the bringing together of a sensation of pure colors. More concerned with the expression and significance of sensation, this movement began with recognizable subjects but was rapidly absorbed by increasingly abstract structures. Orphism aimed to dispense with recognizable subject matter and to rely on form and color to communicate meaning. The movement also aimed to express the ideals of Simultanism: the existence of an infinitude of interrelated states of being.