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TAPPING ON THE GENIUS OF LAGERFELD’S FORMER PARTY MATES: Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2022
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Fendi
23.09.2021
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
Fendi created spring-summer 2022 looks based on art by iconic fashion illustration collective, Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos
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Multi-coloured feel-good illustrations lit up a good portion of Fendi’s spring-summer 2022 presentation like stained glass panels in church on a Sunday morning. The result stems from a tried-and-tested Kim Jones fashion formula – tapping on an acclaimed artist’s work as an inspo – though this time around the artistic director of Fendi’s womenswear is remixing art belonging to a former close pal of original Fendi man, Karl Lagerfeld. This aforementioned artist is actually a collective, the late Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos (they were known as a packaged deal in the business). Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, Lopez, in particular, was a superstar in the context of fashion illustrations. His drawings and snaps, which are now handled by his estate led by artist Paul Caranicas, often stole the spotlight from the print articles it was supporting. He brought dynamism and colour to illustrations, forever changing the standards of how fashion is portrayed using a medium as simple as a sketch. The secret to his success was down to his natural talent in infusing sexiness rather than stiffness into the art, sketching figures with shape and sass. In other words, he knew his way around a body, male or female. You're probably asking why Lopez and Ramos for Fendi? They were part of Lagerfeld's exclusive inner circle in the ‘70s. The iconic designer would put them up in one of his empty apartments for all those years they resided in Paris and they would even go on holidays together (imagine the stories they took to the grave of their clubbing nights). Lopez’s and Ramos’ influence on Lagerfeld can’t be brushed aside even though their friendship ended on a sour note; they were a large part of his life during the time he was at Chloé which was one of his important career milestones. Jones' revisiting of this relationship through fashion is somewhat of a full circle moment too, uniting these late icons' legacies posthumously and in an official creative capacity. With permission from the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, Jones spent a considerable amount of time poring through the archives to pick out the best works to be reinterpreted on luxe material and even jewellery. Lipstick motifs, feminine figures, and even stylish brushstrokes cameo on Fendi garments that pine to relive your best dance floor moments. The details here make the best first impressions such as the lipstick sketch patterned on bra tops and leggings, a reversible coat secretly lined with exclusive art, and knee-high boots spliced with some of the artist's famed female characters. We're guessing that Lopez, Ramos, and Lagerfeld would approve of this collection. After all, we know they loved a good party and these designs deserve to be seen at one.   

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