Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Dior menswear, has announced that he will now be overseeing womenswear and couture at Fendi as well.
Making the announcement via Instagram, Jones said that he would be working across the two brands and that to do so was an ‘honour’.
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I would like to profoundly thank Monsieur Arnault @LVMH, Pietro Beccari, Serge Brunschwig and Silvia Venturini Fendi @silviaventurinifendi 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. Photography by @brett_lloyd
Jones’ official title is now Artistic Director Dior Men’s Artistic Director Fendi womenswear and couture.
Jones will take over from Silvia Venturini Fendi, previously in charge of menswear at the Italian label, which in recent months has turned towards the environment for inspiration.
In a statement Jones said: “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.”
Having successfully navigated a challenging show season at Dior, presenting a triumphant mens collection earlier in the summer, Jones will now turn his hand to womenswear and couture. He follows in the footsteps of the late Karl Lagerfeld, whose death in February 2019 saw Venturini Fendi took over.
Both Fendi and Dior are owned by LVMH, and Bernard Arnault, CEO of the conglomerate, is likely to have worked closely with the British-born designer to create the position. He said of the appointment:
“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. At FENDI, I am convinced that his vision and passion will highly contribute to the success of the women’s collections.”
Jones has recently redesigned the iconic Air Jordan 1 with Dior, doubling-down on his ability to take hallowed fashion items and rework them respectfully, putting his stamp on things without diluting the original.