Breaking news: Kim Jones will join Fendi as Artistic Director for womenswear collections. Jones will head Fendi haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women, but will also continue his role as artistic director of Dior Men.
Famed for his streetwear collabs including LV x Supreme and Dior x Jordan, it will be Jones' womenswear debut, and certainly a new era for Fendi. Silvia Venturini Fendi, who stepped in after Lagerfeld, will return to her original role designing menswear and accessories, declared, “My warmest welcome to Kim, to whom I am bound by deep respect and friendship. I am looking forward to take the Fendi universe to the next level with him,” Venturini confirmed.
LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive, Bernard Arnault also welcomed Jones: “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.”
At the helm of two luxury brands, Kim Jones thanked LVMH and Fendi board members, expressing his gratitude, “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 honour as a designer and to be able to join the house of Fendi as well as continuing my work at Dior Men’s is a huge privilege.”
Serge Brunschwig, Fendi’s Chairman and CEO also embraced Jones, “I am thrilled to welcome Kim Jones at Fendi. Kim is one of the most talented and relevant designers of today. With Silvia Venturini Fendi, who has virtuously carried on Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld legacy, Kim will bring his contemporary one of a kind point of view into the world of Fendi.”
Jones will present Fendi's AW21 ready-to-wear collection during Milan Fashion Week in February 2021. Fasten your seatbelts!
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