“It all started with Delfina. There’s a chicness but a perversity to the way she twists FENDI, which is what I love.” – Kim Jones
For Autumn/Winter 2023, Kim Jones explores classicism and elegance through the lens of subtle subversion. Drawing directly upon the wardrobe of Delfina Delettrez Fendi – how she wears her FENDI archive with an instinctive sense of self-expression.
Here is a collection which plays with binaries: the exploration and elevation of deconstruction; the interpolation of gendered archetypes; the disturbance of ladylike sophistication. The illusion of insouciance is elegantly constructed, and pieces are designed to be worn every which way.
With the introduction of a new handbag, the FENDI Multi, Silvia Venturini Fendi pays homage to that multipurpose sensibility so innate to the House, through a shape which has been engineered to transform between two distinct silhouettes. “I think what is really nice is the movement of the bag, that it can be two things in one,” Silvia Venturini Fendi reflects. “That duality is very FENDI – as is the idea of something which appears simple but, in reality, is very complex.” Other styles, like the newly conceived FENDI C’mon, draw on that same supposed simplicity: “The idea was to create pieces that were very pure in order to match the sophistication of the collection,” Silvia Venturini Fendi says.
It is the exact same spirit which is echoed in the jewellery, designed by Delfina Delettrez Fendi.
“I wanted to explore the purity of the double F, locking on the ear,” Silvia Venturini Fendi explains. “Like the collection, it goes to the very essence of FENDI.”