“I was thinking about Karl Lagerfeld’s futurism with FENDI,” says Kim Jones, FENDI Artistic Director of
Couture and Womenswear. “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.”

The dialogue between poetry and reality continues in FENDI Couture this season. Eschewing costume and
embracing pragmatism, it is an amalgam realised seamlessly by the supreme skills of the craftspeople of
the FENDI ateliers: from embroiderers to tailors, pattern cutters to leather workers, dressmakers to furriers.
The FENDI approach to the person wearing couture is to reaffirm their humanity; they are always ‘someone’
rather than ‘something.’

From simplicity in geometry to primal pull of croco, a ‘human futurism’ travels through the collection,
conflating constants of the past to make the present and the future. Here structure becomes decoration
and decoration, structure.

Beginning with a new, ‘Scatola’ silhouette – meaning ‘box’ – and ending on the same, precision geometric
pattern cutting in the flou creates new volumes with lightness and structure in fabrics like silk gazar. While
the tailleur follows the form of the female body through rigorous cut, ergonomically embracing the wearer
in traditionally masculine tailoring fabrics such as super kid mohair. Realised in the finest cashmere and
vicuna yarns, elevated rib knit dresses elegantly swaddle with knotted ‘Shibari’ harnesses integral to the
silhouette. Supple croco travels through the entire collection, encompassing clothing and accessories while
exerting an instinctive draw. Each approach optimises lightness, sinuousness and movement, gleaned from
the discipline of dance.

Yet it is perhaps in the plethora of intensely worked embroideries that decoration and structure truly
become entwined within the collection and appear almost as a future skin. At their most startling, a splicing
and dicing of the DNA of the natural and the manmade world takes place in the embroideries. For example,
a new form of feather-like, all-over fringe appears as a new kind of pelt. Organically shaped, ultra-light and
fluidly contoured by rigorous yet delicate hand embroidery, it sinuously moves with the wearer.

After last season’s extension of the idea of the ‘couture ensemble’ to fine jewellery, in this collection, the idea
of fine jewellery enters the realm of precious practical objects. In ‘Singular Vision’ fine eyewear, designed
by Delfina Delettrez Fendi, FENDI Artistic Director of Jewellery, measurements are garnered through facial
scans with eyewear structures tailored to the individual and realised in 18k white gold and white diamonds.
These can be sunglasses, spectacles or simply used for enhancement and adornment.

This notion of precious practicality is also extended to the handbags in the collection – a series of bespoke
Baguette bags. Echoing the clothing materials – from mink-lined supple crocodile to fringed and fluid
embroideries – FENDI Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear, Silvia Venturini Fendi, approaches the
Baguette bags as sumptuous, personal objects that go from Nano to Large.
There is also the introduction of the FENDI Gems Baguette bags on catwalk, with intense craftsmanship and
precious materials. The show features a Mini Baguette bag with hardware accomplished in 18k white gold
and white diamond-pave-encrusted buckle and platinum leaf applied to croco.

Kim Jones continues his working relationship with the renowned composer Max Richter for the show. Here
he echoes Jones’ idea of ‘precision and emotion’ in the score.

Photography: L’Estrop Productions