Fendi Fall 2011 Review

Fendi Fall 2011 runway

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Fendi Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Fendi (See the full runway collection.)

HAIR: Sam McKnight

MAKEUP: Peter Philips

ACCESSORIES: Strappy, chunky heels and bold bags

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Super-rich preschool art teacher meets Dada collage

The Fendi show is always about luxury­­—it's an Italian fur house, after all. And if that doesn't imply a money-is-no-object taste for extravagance, then what does?

But Karl Lagerfeld has never been content with presenting a straightforward vision of chichi wealth. Take his latest Fall 2011 collection, an ode to art de luxe triggered by the dadaist collages of German artist Kurt Schwitters.

Fear not, there was no shellacked newspaper or biting social commentary on the Fendi runway. Instead those collages inspired a mismatch of texture and colors, patching tweed with ribbed wool knits and clashing color from snub-toed T-bar heels to the artful chignons by Sam McKnight, each swiped with a flash of hair in a different hue.

The shapes themselves were easy and chic: knee-length skirts and buttoned-up blouses, more often than not trimmed with a giant undulating jabot (a bit Nancy Reagan at times, but they looked wonderful), and terribly refined sweatpants in slouchy cashmere.

Furs this season were made to appear as if they were disintegrating and sliced open or were reversed, as in the case of a fluffy shearling with soft leather against the skin—an expression of Lagerfeld's maxim that the inside should be just as perfect as the outside if we're talking about real luxury.