Rita Levi-Montalcini is a 102-year-old Italian neurologist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986. She is also the unlikeliest fashion inspiration of Spring 2012. Silvia Venturini Fendi felt she was the perfect embodiment of the very particular type of Milanese woman she wanted to celebrate with the new Fendi collection: serious, practical, possibly academic.As far as Karl Lagerfeld was concerned, the woman he had in mind wasn’t so much all that as simply, quintessentially Italian. Monica Vitti, perhaps. It was her voice we could hear on the soundtrack, in snippets from Michelangelo Antonioni’s definitive portrait of urban angst, La Notte.
Lagerfeld gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “applied mathematics” by working this theme into a fine riff on Italian la dolce vita fifties dressing.
Natasha Poly, Karl Lagerfeld and Anja Rubik
“We see a very strong woman as usual, at Fendi,” says Silvia Venturini Fendi, Karl’s partner for the label. “Maybe she’s a scientist, maybe she’s a mathematician. She plays with geometry. She plays with stripes and dots and tiny flowers sometimes, but in a very mathematical way.”
Abbey Lee Kershaw
Models have a gold or silver leaf coating on their eyebrows and a poofy hairdo.
About Donald J
Donald J is the Milan-based photographer, works backstage at some of the most sought after events of the year – Fashion Week. His first job was commissioned work for Harper’s Bazaar Korea, during the Fall 2010 season. That is only one among many magazines and publications he has been working for so far.
He worked as a graphic designer and photo retoucher at Gucci and he did the recent look books of 2010 for them. Recently he has been working with English fashion designer Neil Barrett as photographer/designer.
We are expecting his new works from Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris, London and Milan. For more information about Donald J, visit his website www.donald-j.com.
Vesna Filipović for Fashionela
Source: Vogue.co.uk, Style.com
Photography: Donald J