We’ve all been reading the same headlines for weeks, maybe even months: What Comes After Y2K? According to Milan Fashion Week, so far, it’s more Y2K. A lot more Y2K.
After kicking off New York Fashion Week with a show celebrating the Baguette bag, Kim Jones headed back to Milan to showcase the SS23 collection, and it felt like that same Fendi girl boarded the plane with him. She got out of line at the club, took off the fluffy hat that covered almost the entirety of her face and the metallic blue jumpsuit zipped all the way down to her belly button!, and slipped into something more comfortable for work. But she’s still clearly planning on going out afterwards, because why else would she style an asymmetrical wool coat, with a satin Fendi belt tied into a bow at the back, over her sheer organza dress and vivid apple-green platform boots?
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“The Fendi women are strong women with full, busy lives,” Jones said in a statement about the show, which was meant to be all about functional, practical luxury. It appears the woman he’s designing for has a long to-do list with a social calendar booked weeks in advance, but just like the rest of us right now, all she really wants is to be teleported to a time that isn’t 2022. Jones’s inspiration for the collection was Karl Lagerfeld’s work for the brand from 1996 to 2002. He even reimagined in neon a floral print from the Fendi archives along with an old 2000 logo, and splashed it on silken dresses—some with matching bright undergarments peeking out underneath.
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The collection had all the Y2K hits that have dominated the trend cycle for the past year or so: silky raver pants, mini bags so small they look like they could be chunky bangles worn tightly around the wrist, wedge platforms so tall you feel the need to take them off almost instantly (which a model did indeed do, halfway through their walk).
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