Kim Jones Is Fendi’s New Renaissance Man
The era of Zoom almost counterintuitively provided us with rare moments of intimacy.
For example, even though I’m in London and Kim Jones is in Paris, when I connect with the designer two days before his first Fendi couture show in late January, he’s not sequestered in a press room but in the middle of a fitting with Christy Turlington and her nephew James.
Actually, at the precise moment I catch him, he’s eating his lunch
But for Jones, time right now has to be snatched where it can be.
Between overseeing the menswear collections for Dior in Paris and designing womenswear collections for Fendi in Rome, he has been working constantly, perpetually in transit between the two cities.
Jones made his Fendi debut during the Spring 2021 Couture Week in January.
With that collection he ticked off a couple of significant firsts: his first couture collection and his first-ever womenswear collection.
There’s also a consequential second: Jones is only the second outside designer to serve as artistic director in Fendi’s history after the late, great Karl Lagerfeld, whose tenure at Fendi stretched an astounding 54 years, until his death in 2019. (Silvia Venturini Fendi was the house’s sole artistic director in 2019 and 2020.)