There are camera drones flying uncomfortably close over our heads, filming the show, at Fendi — so close that my hair blows as it whizzes past. A string of popular bloggers seated behind me look flustered, and say as much in a series of statements phrased as questions: "I hope they don't fall? This is kind of scary? It's destroying my hair?" No one else seems to mind, though. It's the first time a drone camera has been used at a runway show and a fun move that feels like classic Karl Lagerfeld, a relatively early adopter of just about everything in tech land. Remember, this is a man who collected gold-plated iPads and iPhones when everyone else was still using Blackberry. Best of all, the drones are an icebreaker, giving what might ordinarily be a frosty room of poker-faced editors a reason to smile and actually talk to each other.
And Karl is opening the show! Or at least, a furry doll version of him. Cara Delevingne, wearing a black dress with rounded sleeves, white mod-style boots and a round fur helmet, is holding mini Karl out in front of her like a prized wait-listed handbag she waited 12 whole months to get. The clothes that follow display the same sense of humour, which gives contrast to the serious luxury on show (a knee-length mink dress anyone?)
During the finale, a few takeaways are becoming clear. The biggest being that the trends seem to be hovering between the Sixties and Seventies. And while Karl doesn't seem to be making any direct references to either here, both decades hang in the air. You can see it in the long full skirts that hover at the calf, the rounded, sculptural lines on shift dresses and the color palette, with all those vintage shades of moss, olive and hunter green.
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Blogger and editor fangirls dressed in Fendi.
The major trends
Vaguely Sixties and Seventies with evocative shapes and shades of moss green.