The job of artistic designer at Fendi has finally been filled.
The storied Roman fashion house and fur specialist announced on Wednesday that the British fashion designer Kim Jones would replace Karl Lagerfeld, who died in February of last year, in the role.
Mr. Jones will be responsible for the haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women, Fendi said in a statement. He will also maintain his current position as artistic director of Dior Men in Paris.
It is the second major designer move by Fendi’s owner, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group by sales, since the coronavirus pandemic began. (The French company appointed Matthew Williams as Givenchy’s new designer in June.) As such, it reflects the luxury group’s commitment to forging ahead with its brands and buzzy designers, even as questions swirl around the future of fashion, shopping and the entire traditional show system.
In a statement, LVMH’s chief executive, Bernard Arnault, called Mr. Jones “a great talent,” adding that he had proved his ability to adapt to the codes of assorted LVMH houses “with great modernity and audacity.”