Fendi proves that ‘all roads lead to Rome’ with its latest couture collection

Published July 12, 2022, 3:00 PM

by John Legaspi

A collection celebrating masculine and feminine, the natural and the man-made, tradition and the modern.

There is an ancient proverb that goes, “all roads lead to Rome.” And with Fendi’s latest couture collection, that saying becomes a reality. East meets West in the Italian maison’s collection celebrating masculine and feminine, the natural and the man-made, tradition and the modern.

Fendi’s fall-winter 2022-2023 couture collection

“This season, I wanted to step away from Rome, or at least I wanted to place Rome in a global context,” says Kim Jones, artistic director of couture and womenswear. “In this collection, we are looking at fragments of different cities, namely Kyoto, Paris, and Rome. The fragmentary nature of things is echoed throughout the collection, like snatches of memory or the impression of things past, present, and future.”

Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, is the starting point. Here, fragments of kimono fabric from the eighteenth century were found, becoming a foundation for the future as both recreations and reinterpretations in the collection. “Kata Yuzen,” a painstaking hand printing and painting technique unchanged for many hundreds of years, is once again utilized for these fabrications. Made in Kyoto as traditional silk panels, they are sliced and asymmetrically reformed in floor-length dress silhouettes in the collection. The cascading Acer palmatum leaves from the fabric design – named Ode to Autumn in the 1700s – find various forms throughout, particularly in the proliferation of delicate embroideries that reach a crescendo in the final tulle gowns of the collection.

A sense of French “Japonisme” and art deco ornament in the flou is joined by a more Italian take on the tailleur in the Vicuna, leather and fur work. Nods to masculine codes of tailoring are found in Vicuna fabric suiting and cognac calf leather pieces, with their structures, emphasized internally and at times externally. There are also personal pleasures, just for the wearer in the construction of many of the items—internally, traditional Japanese fabrics are used as linings and quiltings in suiting as well as in underpinnings in dresses. The supreme skills of the Fendi fur atelier are on display in the intarsia construction of the shaved mink suiting. Here, an abstract reinterpretation of another traditional Japanese fabric fragment from the eighteenth century is realized—named Rope Mountain—it both grounds and monumentalizes the collection.

Watch Fendi’s fall 2022-2023 couture collection below:

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