As the sun set on Paris haute couture week, FENDI graced the capital city with an astonishing Spring/Summer 2024 collection. Artistic Director Kim Jones collaborated once again with composer Max Richter, setting a mellifluous tone for the regal presentation. A captivating balance between art and life was sustained throughout the prismatic show, championing the proficient hands that produce transformative garments offered by the FENDI ateliers.
The miraculous couture creations of esteemed artisans—including dressmakers, tailors, furriers, leather workers, and pattern cutters—blossomed in front of our very eyes, evoking a new ethos of “human futurism” where meaning and movement become one.
Feminine and Masculine Materials and Silhouettes Harmonize at Fendi Couture
Concern for the silhouette was placed front and center. The refreshing Scatola contours were rigorous in their geometry, paving the way for awakened shapes in silk gazar—spotlighting both a distinct frame as well as unrestricted buoyancy. Feminine and masculine refinements worked beautifully together, harmonizing vicuna yarns and plush cashmere with super kid mohair. Body-hugging ribbed knit dresses featuring intertwined Shibari harnesses inspired noble postures, with malleable croco lending coats and accessories a rhythmic sensuality.
Future Fabrics and Jewelry for Pragmatic Luxury Debut on the Runway in Paris
Embroidery found supreme purpose as a “future skin,” collaging the organic and the meticulously fabricated in an intricate dance of couture past and present. An invigorated take on pelt was highlighted in a succession of fringed garments which rippled like feathers across the runway. In this luxurious and cutting-edge vein, FENDI Artistic Director of Jewelry, Delfina Delettrez, unveiled Singular Vision fine eyewear. By way of comprehensive facial scanning, bespoke spectacles, sunglasses, and delightful adornments in white diamonds and 18k white gold debuted on the runway.
Kim Jones Invokes Karl Lagerfeld’s Futurism for the FENDI Inamorata
Iconic FENDI Baguette handbags garnished with fringe, embroidery, and mink-lined crocodile coordinated ideally with a myriad of pastel, metallic, and onyx garments. Artfully designed by FENDI Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear, Silvia Venturini Fendi, each and every bag, from Nano to Large, was crafted with the needs and desires of the individual in mind. Gems Baguette bags—and the Mini Baguette bag in 18k gold hardware with a white diamond-pave-enhanced buckle—glimmered down the runway as protective FENDI treasures.
“I was thinking about Karl Lagerfeld’s futurism with FENDI,” explained Jones. “In the collection there is a humanism at the heart of this future; there’s the body, the silhouette within the silhouette, the person and the handwork of the couture. The collection is about structure and decoration, where the two become indivisible. I wanted an idea of precision and emotion at once.”