Luxury house FENDI showcased their Fall Winter 2022.23 Collection, that reimagines the brand’s signature codes through a distinctly contemporary lens, on February 23rd, during the ongoing Milan Fashion Week. The collection, that offers a fresh perspective on the house’s heritage, was inspired by Delfina Delettrez walking into the brand’s headquarters dressed in a printed blouse stolen from her mother’s wardrobe. For the season, designer Kim Jones explores the impact and influence of the brand’s classic collections, he revisits two iconic collections: Spring Summer 1986, and Autumn Winter 2000, both created by the legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld. The collection fuses and reinterprets the geometric prints and sartorial styling of SS86 collection with the diaphanous lightness of AW00 collection, to bring strength and softness, form and functionality.
The best place to explore the FENDI archives is through the Fendi wardrobes, and these are collections which, although they come from the past, feel very now. It’s a wardrobe designed for every aspect of a woman’s life, for every generation, and it all started with Delfina. – Kim Jones
It brings me directly to the history of my family. I saw these prints on myself; Kim saw them on Delfina. What interests me the most about fashion is when it isn’t something just for the moment – and with FENDI, that is always the case, because it is never banal. There is always a story behind each piece, something a little different. – Silvia Venturini
“Through wisps of chiffon tucked into elegant tweeds; delicate slip dresses paired with long cashmere gloves; stock shirting corseted into hyper-feminine forms; masculine tailoring abbreviated into cropped jackets, a new equilibrium is found. Classic FENDI utilitarianism – an irreverent unison of form and function – is inbuilt into garments with transformative functionality: a blazer detaches into a tailored gilet; a pocketed belt is designed to both cinch the waist and hold a phone. FENDI’s illusory techniques are employed in curled, repurposed mohair that gives the illusion of shearling, or shaved shearling that appears like fur. The O’Lock print, first seen as part of the Autumn/Winter 2022 menswear collection, is translated into womenswear with ethereal lightness. In accessories designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, the house’s dedication to craftsmanship is expressed through new chapters of the ‘hand in hand’ project, alongside intarsia fur iterations of the FENDI First and oversized shopper. In celebration of the Baguette’s 25th anniversary, three of its beloved previous editions are revived: in cashmere, in shearling-lined leather and in intarsia mink.” – From Fendi