Congrats are in order for London-born designer Kim Jones who’s been appointed as creative director for Fendi women. The 46-year-old British fashion designer will oversee Fendi haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur, but will also continue as artistic director of Dior Homme.
The Fendi lead creative role was previously held by Karl Lagerfeld who died in 2019 at the age of 85.
Both labels are part of the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton stable of luxury brands. Silvia Venturini Fendi will retain her role as director of Fendi accessories and menswear.
In a press release, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault states, “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.”
A 2002 graduate of Central Saint Martins with a masters of art in fashion, Jones launched an eponymous label in 2003. He was appointed as director of men’s for Louis Vuitton in 2011, a position he held through 2018.
While Jones stepped down from his role at Louis Vuitton, he was shortly thereafter announced as the lead creator for Dior Homme, a move keeping him as a member of the LVMH family of luxury brands.
Jones will present his first Fendi ready-to-wear collection for fall 2021 during Milan Fashion Week in February 2021.