Fendi Spring Summer 2014

Maybe Karl Lagerfeld puts all his efforts into Fendi, and is too exhausted by the time Chanel comes around – because the former is always better than the latter. Beautiful geometry, texture, and fabrics – my only complaints here are bare midriffs and not enough fur.

I love…

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a beautiful gradation of colours and a nipple-free way to do sheers.



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geometric hems.

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sheers, layers, leather, and lots of structure. Nice.

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that you don’t know if this fabric is sheer, shiny, flocked, or all of the above.

I loathe…

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that there has been a bare midriff in almost every single show I have reviewed so far. Why?!?!

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Elena

    Because it’s time to hit the gym Alexandra and stop whining about everything you personally can’t pull off!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    This has nothing to do with me, because I can’t afford Fendi. And
    the majority of women who can, do not show off their stomachs.

    No one, and I mean NO ONE, should wear a bare midriff if they are over the age of 25 and they are not on the beach. Pig tails and crop tops are not meant to be on adults – EVER!

  • Sienna

    Elena you can state your difference of opinion without being nasty–nastiness weakens your argument and reflects on your character (or lack there of) as a human being. Girl this ain’t no backstage brawl for who gets to wear the final gown at a fashion show – no need for claws here yo. Lots of pro-midriff blogs out there Hon…American Apparel,…

  • Sienna

    I’m liking this sheer trend for next year–been seeing so much lace (even in the summer)–perhaps its slowing down for now? I love geometric shapes, but it seems like in fashion they are often rooted in the mod era(not a fashion expert)? I like how Lagerfeld uses them in a modern way and weaves them with soft structures. The black dress is brilliant–makes me think of cubism, even though the dimensions are not quite cubist. I did not realize Lagerfeld had such range outside of Chanel.

  • jessica

    “Karl Lagerfeld puts all his efforts into Fendi, and is too exhausted by the time Chanel comes around” – nods head in agreement.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Thanks Sienna, you are awesome. Elena, please find a link to the American Apparel site on the right, and if you buy something, I’ll get commission!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Check our the last few Fendi shows, they are beautiful. I’d wear Fendi any day over Chanel.

  • Rajan Sami

    Whether we like it or not – cropped tops / bare midriffs have been building into a trend over the past few seasons (as have cut-outs, sheer fabrics, etc) – and most brands have been working these into their collections to make them feel of the moment. Okay, having stated the obvious, I think you’re well within your rights to call it as you see it Alexandra – this is your blog after all and reflects your point of view and I’m sure your views will resonate with many women. As I’ve said before it’s refreshing to read something other than sycophantic worship of fashion labels and designers and everything they do.

    PS. agreed on the Fendi / Chanel – makes you wonder if it is even the same person designing them. You get a sense for real design at Fendi where as at Chanel it seems to be all about regurgitating the pearls, the tweeds, etc in some cliched new iteration.

  • @Elaryen

    For me this was a very beautiful show/collection, it leaves me thinking “well if that’s what Karl makes for women, he can be a cunt any time of the day”. It has just the right amount of “new” mixed with classic silhouettes to appeal to me.

    I don’t dismiss the crop as a “never” for a certain age group, I think there are women who can pull it off (1 in uhm … many, many). In my mind I have this old lady here in town who dresses outrageously flamboyant … but she can pull it off. On most other women, even younger, the same stuff would look ridiculous. So I think, it could be possible, depending on the woman, but also on the material, the length etc. I’ve seen things called crop from barely covering the nippels to barely exposing the navels.

    And if you put a crop under one of those mesh or sheer tops … would it still be considered bare midriff?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I think people can get away with a crop if something, even a sheer, is covering it. And yes, this is proof Karl knows how to design, he just doesn’t bother much for Chanel.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    The thing is, they are everywhere and I don’t think they are there (crop tops and exposed nipples) because designers believe in them as a design feature. I think they are there for the shock factor (although they are hardly shocking.) Showing this amount of a model’s skin seems like a cop out, and for the most part, customers don’t (physically) buy it.

    Designers should be confident enough about the collections that they don’t need to expose nipples and belly buttons -particularly if it’s not part of their brand’s handwriting. Let the clothes stand up for themselves.

  • Madison Blake

    I really loved this collection – I think it’s my favourite for SS14 so far from any city’s fashion week. The bags and shoes and sunglasses just made it that much more impressive – aren’t you immediately obsessed with those geometric shoes? They look like a tiny piece of architecture for your feet. Loved it.

  • Sienna

    Elaryen has stated some good points here(like your neighbour example)–the lines about age appropriate clothing are continuously blurred–this would make for a good article Alexandra?

    I am petite, but even if I was a 20 year old with sculpted abs, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing just a sports bra (only on top) at the gym. However I did see some minimally cropped tops(skimming levels) from the Narciso Rodriguez collection that were worn tastefully with long skirts. The problem with crop tops is their lack of versatility–on many levels.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    It is an opinion thing, but I am totally against crop tops for anyone over the age of 25 (actually 20) as a rule (unless you are on the beach or at the gym.) However, showing a tiny bit of stomach because there is a centimeter between your skirt and top is a different situation. Of course, that is just my opinion. I’ve retired most of my mini skirts because I’m nearing my mid thirties, and I never want to be that person who dresses like a teenager when you are double the age.

  • @Elaryen

    I am not a fan of “barely covering the butt” skirts either above a certain age, my personal ideal length, for my own wardrobe, is just a little bit above the knee. And I would certainly discourage the large majority of women from wearing crop tops as the only top part of the outfit, even if they are in the “age appropriate” group.

    Just not really ruling out anything, because in my opinion a lot depends on how you combine it and who you are dressing.