It was announced today (9th September 2020) that British fashion designer Kim Jones will join Italian House Fendi as Artistic Director.
Kim Jones ©Brett Lloyd
Jones will design the women’s Haute Couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections working alongside Silvia Venturini Fendi who has solely designed the collections since the death of Karl Lagerfeld in 2019. Silvia will continue to design the accessories and menswear collections.
“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.” Said Jones.
The designer will remain at the creative helm of Dior Men as he takes on the new role which will mark his first jump into womenswear and is expected to be an exciting step for the brand.
Serge Brunschwig, FENDI’s Chairman and CEO said: “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.”
Silvia Venturini Fendi, Artistic Director of FENDI accessories and menswear, followed up: “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.”
Kim Jones will present his first FENDI ready-to-wear collection for Fall/Winter 2021-22 season during Milan Fashion Week in February.