The Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2022 has kicked off, and Fendi’s take on the new season is all about classics, modern classics. The creative director took inspiration from the archive of Anthonio Lopez’s illustrations. Antonio Lopez had worked with Karl Lagerfeld in his glory days. Kim Jones said of López: “He was a big, big fashion influencer for a lot of people, but is not so talked about. He had this relationship with Karl and with Fendi, and he helped shape so many strong visions of women because he loved them: that feels very authentic and topical.”
The designs featured Manish styling that can be described as Pallazo trousers paired with longline belted suits and lapel peplum tops or with bralettes and blazers e.t.c. There were kaftans, furs designed in a form of marabou jackets, fringes/frocks incorporated in dresses, metallics, prints, transparent sheer, silk-stripy silks to be precise e.t.c. The colour hues are so summer appropriate they range from whites, whites and blacks, pinks, chocolates, pastel blue e.t.c. The accessories include thigh-high boots, fur sandals, shoulder bags, oversized bags/clutches, e.t.c. The makeup looks were very vintage. Although some of the pastel prints and designs remind me of Moschino SS’22 designs.
The Fendi spring-summer 2022 collection seems to be a creative collaboration of Silvia Venturini Fendi and Delfina Delettrez Fendi, both of whom joined Jones. Kim Jones is the new creative director while Silvia and Delettrez Fendi as family owners. Silvia Venturini Fendi is the daughter of Anna Fendi, one of the five famous Fendi sisters — Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda — who worked at the business their parents Adele and Edoardo Fendi founded, primarily as a fur and leather boutique, in Rome in 1925.
The collection is an inspiration drawn from the 1960s transitioned into the 1970s as illustrated by Lopez. The beautiful craftmanship and essence of the knowledge in the house of Fendi can’t be downplayed, meaning the brand is able to create continuity in its designs and ethos through archive digging and these digs are very much appreciated among the millennials, GenZ, e.t.c. Finally, Kim Jones said “There was the 1920s, the 1970s, and now the 2020s, these fifty year periods. And the 1920s is when Fendi was founded, so it all rolls into one thing.”
Here are the full collection below: