Fendi designer Kim Jones took fashionistas to a nightclub at the Milan Fashion Week opening on Wednesday, in his first in-person show since joining the Italian luxury brand. A nod to the heyday of Studio 54 and 1970s disco glamor, the models walked the runway in kaftans tops, flowing silk dresses and sleek pantsuits for the Spring / Summer 2022 womenswear showcase. .
Like New York and London, Milan is hosting a mix of physical shows and digital presentations this season. In February, events were virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with designers turning to videos to showcase their designs. “This is my first live show for Fendi, and it’s a celebration,” Jones said in a statement.
“Our wife has loosened up a bit – she comes out, gets dressed. We’ve all been locked up for so long that I think that’s what we all need right now.” Jones, who has been appointed artistic director of Fendi Women’s Fashion and Couture https://www.reuters.com/article/lvmh-fendi/lvmh-taps-diors-jones-for-womens-designs-at-fendi-idUSKBN2600XP last September, said he was turning to a hand-drawn logo by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez found in the brand’s archives as the basis for his collection.
He opened the show with all-white sets of split coats, vests and pants, cape-shaped dresses, and short dresses. Lopez’s brushstrokes adorned cream caftan tops and dresses. His works were also featured on handbags.
Jones, who took over from late designer Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi and works alongside founding family scion Silvia Venturini Fendi, also took inspiration from Lopez’s designs for intarsia leather designs, lace gowns and dresses. shimmering evening. There were loose pantsuits worn with bralettes, tasseled dresses and a range of fur coats, a staple at Fendi, which is part of luxury conglomerate LVMH.
Jones chose a color scheme of soft gray, pink, and blue before switching to chocolate brown and black for evening wear. “While I was watching Karl’s legacy at home, I also looked around him, at his contemporaries – who he cared about,” Jones said.
“Lopez was a friend of Karl and was always someone who inspired me. He was forward thinking, inclusive, admired by everyone from Andy Warhol to Steven Meisel and David Hockney. I wanted to introduce him to a new generation. ” Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday.
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