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Kim Jones develops for the FENDI Spring/Summer 2023 collection the codes he has established since he has been creative director of the brand, while drawing on the history of the fashion house and allowing it to develop its own language in the present.
Through his innovative point of view, the past becomes the future. Karl Lagerfeld‘s work from 1996 to 2002 serves as the starting point for a collection with an unmistakably contemporary look.
“It’s a question of continuity,” says Jones. “I want to focus on what Karl has done and see how we can develop those ideas both visually and technically.” A floral motif print from the FENDI archives and a logo first introduced in 2000 serve to connect the collection to the past, reinventing it for the present.
The garments are inspired, in part, by the turn of the millennium, by the clash between minimalist simplicity and an eclectic edge imbued with a pop trend. Floating layers of technical organza or nylon knit fabric adorned with delicate embroidery offer a new dimension to the ethereal, in a way that is delicate and sporty; casual without losing an ounce of elegance.
Slouchy cuts and elongated racerback straps silhouettes give off a carefree air. An obi belt, already featured in the Fall/Winter 2022 couture collection, is integrated into tailored fitted garments to elevate their shape and create a feminine structure.
A balanced palette of neutral tones is interrupted by bold, saturated colours such as pink, blue and, above all, green. Organic textures such as cashmere, fur, sheepskin and leather materialise in the house‘s know-how, creating lighter garments through technical fabrics.
The house’s bags have been designed in the same spirit of duality as the rest of the collection: very shiny leathers integrated with simple canvas fabrics, bold printed colours and natural tones.
Scroll through the gallery below and discover all the looks from Kim Jones‘ SS23 collection for FENDI: