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Who better a muse for Fendi menswear to take on for Fall 2019 than their (former) head designer? The late great Karl Lagerfeld has been the creative force behind Fendi for more than half a century, and in his final menswear collection for the brand, it was his own iconic style that was the starting point. Much like his designs, there’s always a duality with how Mr. Lagerfeld dressed. From the black and white to the sleekness of his silhouettes but piled on with one too many ornamentations, his unique look was applied in this offering. It started subtly, with a monochrome camel suit with one side of the lapel straight and the other with a notch. It continued on with color—the pockets of trousers would be of contrasting hues to the legs as were a few pieces side-by-side. Then finally, the juxtapositioning ventured into fabrications, mixing mohair with leather while pairing satin with wool. These contrasts were visually-appealing and added to the already exquisite tailoring upon which most looks were constructed. And even when the prints and colors got a bit too crazy at times, the refinement remained the same. Such an eye and talent will never be replicated, which makes this a fitting farewell (albeit Lagerfeld hasn’t passed on when this show was held) collection to a fashion genius.
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