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Fendi AW21 was a love letter to the women of the house

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Kim Jones paid tribute to the foremothers of Fendi with his debut ready-to-wear collection

As one of the busiest designers in the fashion biz, no one could ever accuse Kim Jones of resting on his laurels. Just a few weeks after he debuted his first-ever Haute Couture collection for Fendi, today, Jones dropped his inaugural ready-to-wear offering for the famed Italian house. Eager to hear what went down? We’ve got you covered – here’s everything you need to know.

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MODELS GOT LOST IN THE FENDI MAZE (AGAIN)

Going for a classic runway show beamed directly to us via livestream – we’re all on the front row now, baby – Jones’ second collection got its big reveal at Fendi HQ again this season. The set was similar to the one Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington weaved around at Haute Couture, with models making their way through corridors of huge glass ‘F’-shaped cases filled with sculptures and curios. 

JONES PAID TRIBUTE TO THE FENDI WOMEN FOR AW21

After first turning to them for inspiration for HC, the designer continued his love letter to the Fendi family into the new season. Citing the sisters who turned the label into the beloved institution it is today as a big influence (that’s Paola, Franca, Carla, Anna, and Alda for the uninitiated), Jones dove into their wardrobes and reimagined what he found for a new generation of women. “The Fendi family are women of intellect who work hard, and that’s what I wanted to celebrate – a powerful dynasty,” he explained. 

OK, SO THE COLLECTION WAS REALLY CHIC 

Remixing and reworking iconic house styles, Jones’ final line-up was an extremely chic affair. In a stinking-rich palette of cool camel, soft dove grey, and inky black, the designer proposed silky unbuttoned shirts, knotted blouses, and chunky cropped sweaters for the new season, as paired with wide, high-waisted trousers cut to the ankle, slinky wool pencil skirts, and satin minis. Most looks were finished with standout outerwear, with classic cinched macs, impeccably-cut wool coats, and shearling styles trimmed with dramatic fringing. 

…AND TAPPED INTO THE HOUSE’S STORIED PAST

Echoes of Karl Lagerfeld’s lengthy reign at the house were felt throughout the collection, with his signature Karligraphy monogram seen across a range of leather bags and shoes, while the architectural Fendi First shoe was also reimagined for a new era in Jones’ hands. Naturally, there was also a covetable new take on the label’s iconic Baguette, including a new style bearing a baroque floral motif inspired by works found in Italian Benedictine monasteries circa the 6th century. Chic no? Check it all out in the gallery above.