Following the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February last year, there were no announcements about the succession at Fendi, up until recent developments within the fashion house appointing Kim Jones as artistic director of the brand. The British designer will be overseeing Fendi haute couture, ready-to-wear, and fur collections, while Silvia Venturini Fendi will continue designing menswear.
With this major move, Jones joins an elite club of designers of chief creatives helming two luxury houses; in this case, Jones to head Fendi and Dior Men. In a statement made by LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton chief executive Bernard Arnault: “Kim Jones is a great talent and since joining, he has continuously proven his ability to adapt to the codes and heritage of the LVMH houses while revisiting them with great modernity and audacity. At Fendi, I am convinced that his vision and passion will highly contribute to the success of the women’s collections.”
Jones was noted saying, “I would like to profoundly thank Monsieur Arnault, Pietro Beccari, Serge Brunschwig, and Silvia Venturini Fendi for this incredible opportunity. Working across two such prestigious houses is a true honor as a designer and to be able to join the house of Fendi as well as continuing my work at Dior Men is a huge privilege.”
Jones will be showing his first collection with Fendi in April 2021 for its fall/winter 2021-2022 season.
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