Renowned architect Kengo Kuma’s collaboration with Fendi for their SS24 runway show in Florence has captivated fashion enthusiasts and design aficionados alike. This unique partnership has resulted in a collection that seamlessly blends architecture and fashion, pushing creative boundaries and redefining traditional craftsmanship.
Kuma’s distinctive approach to design shines through each carefully crafted piece. Drawing inspiration from his architectural prowess, he skillfully incorporates natural elements into the collection, imparting a sense of organic harmony. Silvia Venturini Fendi praises Kuma’s ability to seamlessly integrate nature into both the interior and exterior of his architectural marvels, solidifying his position as a naturalist architecture master.
The collection’s low-top footwear showcases Kuma’s innovative use of materials. Waranshi Paper, Cork, and technical knits take center stage, accentuated by 3D printed soles that pay homage to the traditional Yatara bamboo knitting technique.
Kuma perceives these bags and shoes as small-scale architectural projects. His approach to design centers around the interplay between nature and craft, an ethos that permeates his work as both an architect and designer. Fendi’s invitation to collaborate allowed Kuma to infuse his architectural sensibilities into fashion, resulting in a truly remarkable collection that embodies his creative vision.
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