Fendi wins over audience during Milan Fashion Week

Like a luxurious chocolate pudding, the Fendi autumn/winter 2015 show left Italy's fashion world drooling Thursday with its sumptuous suede and leather creations and bird of paradise bags.

The Roman fashion house under creative director Karl Lagerfeld -- present in his trademark dark glasses -- upheld its reputation for multi-fabric outfits, with patchwork and leather panels stitched loosely onto tunics and dresses.

First up was a selection of white and cream ensembles, led by Victoria's Secret beauty Doutzen Kroes in a beautifully tailored high-waisted loose coat, after which the catwalk gave way to earthy tones dominated by browns, reds, camel and brick.

Sleeveless tunics in suede were paired with velvet elbow-length gloves trimmed with fur -- a Fendi staple -- while simple, high-necked dresses with a masculine cut were softened by box handbags sporting feather-like adornments.

Fendi wins over audience during Milan Fashion Week

Black ermazine shifts were given large leather panel sides, tacked on lightly and freely moving, or paired with leather smocks suggestive of female gladiators -- matched with brown and black ankle boots with diamond heels.

While Gucci's new director Alessandro Michele plumped for furry slippers in his debut womenswear collection on Wednesday -- raising a number of eyebrows on the catwalk's the front row -- Lagerfeld opted for sleeker boots.

Die-hard Fendi girls will no longer have to put up with catching cold as the price for looking good, for the collection included duvet-style jackets, with vast fur collars and even a brown and white patchwork dress in quilting.

And for the very brave, there was an oversize beanbag dress and coat -- but ordinary mortals beware, you may end up looking rather like Humpty Dumpty. (AFP)


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