Although his appointment at Fendi is comparatively new — he has formally been there solely simply over 14 weeks — the transfer was first mooted a few years in the past when he began to get antsy at Vuitton, and in males’s put on. Males’s clothes could also be a rising sector, however girls’s put on stays the glamour aspect of the enterprise: The exhibits are greater, as are the collections, celebrities and budgets.
Rumors had reached a fever pitch that Mr. Jones was going to hitch Donatella Versace at Versace, to change into her inheritor. As a substitute, he performed his chess items like a grandmaster and ended up transferring to Dior, with the suggestion, it was rumored, of extra to come back. Certainly, it was throughout these earlier negotiations, Mr. Jones mentioned, that Silvia Venturini Fendi (the Fendi member of the family nonetheless concerned within the enterprise, and the pinnacle of males’s and equipment) broached the concept of him coming to Fendi to work on the ladies’s line.
“It was on the thoughts of everybody who decides right here as quickly as we noticed how a lot work energy he had and the way a lot his collections touched the appropriate viewers,” Mr. Arnault mentioned. Mr. Jones put an Easter egg of kinds in his ultimate Vuitton males’s assortment with visitor appearances by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in shiny LV trench coats (his feminine associates had at all times worn items from his males’s collections). And at Dior, he delved into the couture archives so as to add a contact of female opulence to his males’s put on.
So far as Mr. Jones is anxious, it’s navigating the multitude of decisions in girls’s put on that’s the largest studying curve. “All of the embroideries and strategies are a bit overwhelming,” he mentioned, noting that when he arrived on the Fendi atelier, he needed to ask the employees to depart for 10 minutes so he might undergo them by himself.
For a actuality verify he has a bunch of girls round him, together with Ms. Moss, who consulted on equipment; the stylist Melanie Ward; the artwork director Ronnie Cooke Newhouse; and, most of all, Ms. Fendi and her daughter, Delfina.
“We each encompass ourselves with folks and objects that encourage us, and draw upon our personal lives and passions to gasoline our artistic course of,” Ms. Fendi mentioned of Mr. Jones in an e mail. She added that as with Mr. Lagerfeld: “Kim and I trade concepts spontaneously by way of textual content or chat, as there are not any boundaries to our jobs. We see one thing that may encourage us and share it with the opposite.”