Benetton Fetes Lagerfeld at Milan

Benetton Fetes Lagerfeld at Milan

FLASH: BENETTON MAKES MILAN RUNWAY DEBUT

Milan Fashion Week promised to be a running tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday as cevents got under way.

French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac, who made his debut as creative director for the iconic Italian knitwear fashion company Benetton, said he hoped to emulate at Benetton what Lagerfeld did at Fendi and Chanel: Keep himself in the background “to reveal the DNA of the houses.

“If I can do that as well with Benetton, I will be happy,” Mr. de Castelbajac said.

Lagerfeld was a Milan Fashion Week mainstay as Fendi’s creative director, a position he had held since Y 1965. Fendi’s latest women-swear collection will be shown Thursday.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s inaugural collection aimed to tap the brand’s colorful past with bright primary shades while providing more updated branding messages with oversize United Colors of Benetton logos built in to trousers or jackets as panels, and the brand’s familiar octopus appearing as a repeated motif.

RIP Karl Lagerfeld

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