In high fashion, sometimes there’s an electric moment of synergy, a creative union that spawns unexplored territories of beauty and innovation. One such pivotal moment unfolded with the Fendi Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2023 collection, where designer Kim Jones embarked on a dazzling partnership with Delfina Delettrez Fendi, adding an extraordinary luster to the already majestic Fendi name. This collaboration, at its core, seeks to redefine our understanding of minimalistic luxury and chic eveningwear, merging past and present in a seamless dance of form and hue.
Jones and Delettrez drew the world into their shared artistic vision, centered on the ethereal canvas of Fendi high jewelry. This was Delettrez’s debut venture into the realm of precious gemstones and jewelry design for Fendi, a journey that began, as Jones recounts, “in almost an organic way, with colors and embroideries based around the hues of natural stones, rubies and sapphires”. The dexterity of these creators found expression in their mutual understanding that a silhouette could be “nothing”, yet everything simultaneously.
A subtle nod to the present-day predilection for understated luxury eveningwear, the Fendi Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2023 collection stands as a testimony to Jones’s and Delettrez’s aptitude for filling this niche elegantly. The duo leveraged a design philosophy that fuses 1990s minimalism with echoes of ancient Roman statuary – a tribute to Fendi’s deep-rooted connection with Rome. The ensuing creations were ethereal canvases to showcase Delfina Delettrez’s extraordinary collection of 30 precious jewels.
The spectacle unfolded on a marble-floored quadrangle, a captivating evocation of Fendi’s Rome headquarters. Models paraded the runway, most clutching miniature leather Fendi jewelry boxes, a testament to the brand’s synonymous association with refined luxury. A resplendent spectacle of diamond earrings, brooches, and necklaces caught the audience’s gaze, “everything is very fluid”, Delettrez affirmed, outlining her process of crafting draped, asymmetrical shapes studded with pink spinels and yellow diamonds.
The fascinating aspect of the Fendi Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2023 collection was not merely its magnificent execution, but the organic creative synergy that sparked its conception. “You don’t normally have this, but at FendiI, we all work together”, Kim Jones reflected. The pre-show excitement was palpable, with clients already queuing to preview Delfina Delettrez’s jewelry, alongside Jones’s couture fittings, in a seamless blend of artistic and entrepreneurial prowess.