In an opulent guessing game of texture and technique, the FENDI Couture Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Collection dances between sublime tradition and new realities.

Innovation illuminates a precious future, where the Orphist approach to ‘pure painting’ is tempered by Neoclassical rigour. Silhouettes embrace the body in cages of latticework; opaque and diaphanous, they construct a bold, evocative line. An impasto rainbow palette softens through shades of apricot, lavender and sherbet pink.

Exquisite fabrics blur the lines of memory as frayed organza and fringed chiffon become trompe l’oeil surfaces and sintesi mosaics or gheronato chevrons create featherweight shells of tufted cashmere, shaved mink and shearling.

Ballerina gowns and opera coats are remixed in a swirl of rosettes, lace and hand-painted embroidery, whilst the tailleur is trimmed in ermine or encrusted sequins. Through meticulous collage, waterfalls of Mongolian lamb and marabou meet a shock of tulle.

Via high-frequency printing, engineered garments and jewelled Minaudière clutches are embossed in glossy layers of thermoplastic to mimic marble, malachite and mother-of-pearl. Kinetic pumps combine this technique with a lampshade heel stacked with maple, perspex and horn.

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