Kim Jones Draws Inspiration From Fendi Sisters For The Fendi FW21 Ready To Wear Collection

A tribute to its key style codes and the defining feminine forces behind the Italian luxury fashion house, Kim Jones’ Fendi ready to wear FW21 collection celebrates heritage Italian elegance from a fresh perspective. 

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The collection draws inspiration from the five Fendi sisters whose wardrobes serve as a foundational reference point; from the bell shelves of a bonded suede coat to the pinstripes of their office attire which are now rendered in sharp wool tailoring. A functional shirt jacket – inspired by Silvia Venturini Fendi’s signature uniform – gets an upgrade in the form of a luxurious shearling iteration with a bonded mink interior. 

“The Fendi family are women of intellect who work hard – and that’s what I wanted to celebrate,” Kim Jones, creative director at Fendi, noted in a press release. “I’m taking the amazing, strong women who I both know and work with, and listening to their needs. There’s a usefulness to the collection, explored in a chic, timeless way.”

A homage to the “powerful dynasty” that is responsible for building Fendi into what it is today, Kim Jones’ Fendi ready to wear FW21 collection both subtly references and vividly incorporates details from both the Fendi family and Karl Lagerfeld. 

The omnipresent Karligraphy monogram makes its way onto sheer stockings, while motifs from Jones’ couture collection are reworked in a contemporary, RTW form, through marbled silk dresses, rosette blooms, and delicate organza embroidery on jacquard knits. The Fendi RTW FW21 collection is practical yet elegant; functional with a flair. 

Largely taking place through a tonal colour palette of camel, beige, burgundy, mauve, grey, military green, white, and black, the craftsmanship of the collection is all the more evident. “Fun isn’t always just about bright colours,” said Jones. “It can be about really luxurious self-indulgence, which pleases the person wearing it more than anyone else.” 

Designed with the woman who puts herself first in mind, the Fendi ready to wear FW21 collection serves to further familiarise us with Jones’ direction for womenswear; one that celebrates the modern woman while retaining the heritage and tradition of the luxury fashion house. 

Words by Theo Rosen