When seeking creative inspiration, it seems that Kim Jones must be looking towards the cosmos. Just hours ago, Fendi’s Womenswear Creative Director showed his sixth haute couture collection for the house – a desaturated but high-shine collection of celestial-inspired gowns.
The runway show – held at the Palais Brongniart – felt like an extension of his previous two haute couture collections, characterised by pared-back colour palettes, weightless textiles, metallic detailing and an overarching air of futurism. For Spring-Summer 2023, Jones abstained from true colour completely, instead sending light dresses in shades of silver, beige, taupe, grey and powdered blue down the runway. Intricate detailing – fine lace, dense beadwork, frothy tulle and liquified sequins – were present, together communicating a soft anti-thesis of the bold, dominating shows we’ve witness so far this week.
Beauty carried a similar angelic feeling; makeup artist and longtime Fendi collaborator Peter Philips used silver and grey shadows across the eyes, all but avoiding the use of mascara altogether. Skin was clean and well-hydrated; no sings of blush, bronzer or shimmering highlight. Lips were also bare – instead it was was the space-age eyes that were the focus.
Guido Palau was responsible for the futuristic hair look; a sleek, slicked-back style still damp with product. Simple but completely in sync, it finished what can only be described as a heavenly couture collection from Kim Jones and his collaborator, Silvia Venturini Fendi.
See further highlights from the Spring-Summer Haute Couture show below.