February 20, 2015

High Fashion and Spectacle at New Fendi Store

The new Fendi flagship store opened last week, and it was a very vibrant opening to a couple of weeks of fashion in New York City. The creative force behind Fendi was on hand to greet all comers (by invitation only) to the party, and he was tireless in his pleasant demeanor and friendly comments.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Karl Lagerfeld several years ago in Paris in the Chanel atelier, where he is also director of design. This white-haired wizard is perhaps the most successful living designer, and certainly one of the most professional and most talented and hardest working.  Everyone seemed to be there to welcome the new store and the great Karl: Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue, Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Silvia Venturini Fendi busily chatted with guests.

The press was out in large numbers, everywhere looking for the perfect photo and the most interesting soundbites. I was asked countless questions—the oddest, what should one not put in a Fendi Baguette Bag. My answer, a baguette, of course. The reporter didn’t quite get it. Do you?

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