In a year of fashion collaborations between top luxury houses, there just might have emerged a clear winner: the Fendi by Versace/Versace by Fendi – or Fendace, if you will – collection which debuted at the Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, was nothing short of brilliant, and might just be called the best partnership between two luxury houses to have emerged in 2021.
“This is not a collaboration,” states the press release. “It’s a first in the history of fashion: two designers having a true creative dialogue that stems from respect and friendship. It led to us swapping roles to create these two collections,” Versace explains further.
The Fendi by Versace/Versace by Fendi partnership is a pre-spring 2022 pop-up collection made from the efforts of Kim Jones, Fendi’s women’s wear artistic director, and Silvia Venturini Fendi, Fendi’s men’s wear designer. Both designers interpreted each other’s collections, leading to a truly beautiful body of work.
The runway show, presented in Milan, was divided into two. The first half featured Fendi interpreting Versace followed by its vice-versa mirror. The end result is a meeting of style codes: the master craftsmanship of Fendi reworks Versace’s signature chainmail; tailoring is introduced in micro silhouettes and trimmed in neon fur. And most notably, ornate Greek prints are plastered alongside Fendi’s iconic Zucca monogram. Jones created 24 looks for Versace, taking a ’90s approach to the designs, while Versace did the same for her 25 looks for Fendi.
The exact date when the collection will be available is not known, and it would most certainly sell out once the information drops. In the meantime, see below some of the most iconic looks of the evening.
Versace by Fendi
Fendi by Versace