My FENDI is multi-generational. It’s for all different kinds of women – anyone who wants to feel good about them selves. For FENDI Spring Summer 2022 collection, Kim Jones explores the joyful irreverence that has historically defined the house, alongside the empowered ease of his vision for its future. Presented during the ongoing Milan Fashion Week, the collection gives a modern perspective on disco-age glamour, and a spotlight on the diverse and powerful femininity.
The starting point for a collection was the hand-sketched logo by visionary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, taken from the archives. It’s design draws upon the artist’s liberated sensibility and Studio 54 surroundings.
While I’ve been looking at Karl’s legacy at the house, I’ve also been looking around him, at his contemporaries – at who he was interested in. Lopez was a friend of Karl’s, and has always been someone who inspired me. He was forward thinking; inclusive; looked up to by everyone from Andy Warhol to Steven Meisel and David Hockney. I wanted to introduce him to a new generation.
– explained Kim Jones.
His gestural brushstrokes appear in elegant abstraction across cream kaftans and silken shirting, while his figurative drawings are translated into intarsia leathers, intricately engineered lace and shimmering jacquards. The bags become canvases both for his work and the renowned savoir-faire of the house’s ateliers.
This is my first live show for FENDI, and it’s a celebration. Our woman has let loose a bit – she’s going out, dressing up. We’ve all been locked away for so long that I think that’s what we all need right now.
– adds Kim Jones.
The spirit of the women who Lopez often discovered on dancefloors and always exalted in his work – Jerry Hall, Tina Chow, Pat Cleveland, Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones – introduce a high-octane energy, and a new dimension, into Jones’ continued celebration of female confidence.