Fantasy flourish

Fendi SS24 was inspired by the women Kim Jones passes in Rome
By Barry Pierce | Fashion | 21 September 2023

Kim Jones’ latest collection for Fendi was streetwear, Italian style. “When I am in Rome,” Jones says of the SS24 collection, “every day I walk from the hotel to the Colosseum wearing my ear pods. It’s like listening to a soundtrack to an imaginary film with Fendi characters I see along the way.”

As the gloved models paraded down the runway, giving life to Jones’ fantasy, you could just imagine the women who’ll be wearing these outfits. The blazer’d editor on her way to the office, the artist in her semi-snakeskin slip, the suited model on her way to this very runway.

The collection was a chic melding of masculine tailoring with feminine silhouettes. Tailored shorts and trousers had their waists folded over, revealing the layers of fabrics and stitching underneath. An oversized masculine car coat finds a feminine echo in metal anklet ballet car shoes. As the show notes emphasise, the collection was “masculine utility and comfort come together with a feminine flourish.”

Also notable was the collection’s off-kilter colour palette, a reference to Karl Lagerfeld’s SS99 collection for the house. A standout pattern – garments where the Fendi double-F logo transforms into a snakeskin pattern – emphasised the very 90s throwback. For Silvia Venturini Fendi’s contribution to the show, we saw new editions of the Peekaboo and Baguette, Origami and First bags, with the introduction of a brand new one – the Flip – a shopper that folds into a clutch with playful colour-blocked construction.

All of this was presented on a runway that was dominated by gigantic versions of Fendi’s iconic bags. Towering over the crowd like something from the dreams of Lewis Carroll, this collection truly was Jones’ fantasy made flesh.

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