The legendary designer will keep creating menswear for Dior while lending his artistic touch the house of FENDI
A major shift has just changed the fashion landscape once again as FENDI announced the appointment of Kim Jones as Artistic Director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women. Kim Jones will join Silvia Venturini Fendi, third generation of the Fendi family, who will continue to create the accessories and menswear collections. Kim Jones will at the same time maintain his role as Artistic Director of Dior Men.
“Kim Jones is a great talent and since joining, he has continuously proven his ability to adapt to the codes and heritage of the LVMH houses while revisiting them with great modernity and audacity,” says Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE, of the appointment. “At FENDI, I am convinced that his vision and passion will highly contribute to the success of the women’s collections.”
Also welcoming Jones is Serge Brunschwig, FENDI’s Chairman and CEO. “I am thrilled to welcome Kim Jones at FENDI. Kim is one of the most talented and relevant designers of today,” he remarks. “With Silvia Venturini Fendi, who has virtuously carried on FENDI and Karl Lagerfeld legacy, Kim will bring his contemporary one of a kind point of view into the world of FENDI.”
Jones, himself, meanwhile, stated: “I would like to profoundly thank Monsieur Arnault, Pietro Beccari, Serge Brunschwig and Silvia Venturini Fendi for this incredible opportunity. Working across two such prestigious houses is a true honour as a designer and to be able to join the house of FENDI as well as continuing my work at Dior Men’s is a huge privilege. I am really excited to start this new chapter of my career and can’t wait to meet the teams!”
Jones will present his first FENDI ready-to-wear collection for Fall/Winter 2021-22 season during Milan Fashion Week in February.