“Fendi Couture Autumn/Winter 2022 is an adventure from Kyoto via Paris and Rome”.
Since Kim Jones took over as artistic director of couture in 2020, we’ve learned to expect unassuming ease and simplicity from Fendi’s couture designs. After all, it’s one of the few labels that can provide a great legacy and craftsmanship while still maintaining an insider vibe. Supple leathers, suedes, and sequins in a delicate palette of earth tones can easily make apparel that takes up to 600 hours to create a feel low-key but nonetheless appealing.
Fendi Fall 2022 Couture
“Luxury is the comfort of a t-shirt in an expensive gown.” Karl Lagerfeld coined this endlessly true remark, one of many brilliant fashion statements he spits in interviews. Kim Jones didn’t mention it in backstage chat about his Fendi haute couture collection, but he might have, for what he sent out fulfilled the Lagerfeldian criteria of uncomplicated, minimal attire realized in the most subtly sight expensive of materials.
To begin, a trio of styles, two cut trouser suits and a long turtleneck sweater dress with a slashed skirt and brown ribbon.
Except for farmers in the Andes and professional fabric weavers at Loro Piana in Italy, only the ultra-rich will identify that particular hue as Vicuna, combed in extremely small quantities by local communities from herds of the protected llama-like animals living in the wild.
Tailoring followed, as did a molded bustier in softer shades of slightly pink-tinged beige: Fendi’s signature calf leather. Then proceed calmly with the t-shirt dressing’s shorter lines.
Slim tank dresses with rolled metallic bugle beads, asymmetrical long-sleeved patchworks of Japanese silk kimono fabric commissioned by Jones from traditional Kyoto craftsmen, and beaded deco-style pajamas were among the designs.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Fendi history was apparent in this collection. In a preview, Jones said that the pair of outstandingly beautiful shimmery silver-sequined bias-cut slip dresses — one backed with eau-de-nil chiffon, the other pink — were constructed from swatches Lagerfeld had commissioned but never used.
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