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Mem­ber of the Fendi fash­ion dy­nasty, the jew­ellery de­signer is an in­ter­na­tional style-set­ter and em­bod­ies the house’s avant-garde spirit. Here, she an­swers

ques­tions on ev­ery­thing from art to astrol­ogy. Fendi is such a fam­ily af­fair. What’s the best thing about col­lab­o­rat­ing with your mother, Silvia Ven­turini Fendi? It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence—we are prac­ti­cally tele­pathic. Fendi is as much a part of my DNA as it is part of hers. You have amaz­ing style. What’s the most dar­ing thing you’ve worn? I of­ten wear nun’s dresses. How did you get into Tran­scen­den­tal Med­i­ta­tion? And how do you fit it into your busy sched­ule? I started last year. I saw the re­sults in a friend—I could almost see a light sur­round­ing her. I thought she was in a new re­la­tion­ship, but when I asked she told me that she had sim­ply started med­i­tat­ing. So I took a four-day course, got a mantra, and started. For the first few months, my jaw ached be­cause I had a kind of dumb, fixed smile of health stamped on my face! It’s easy to in­te­grate—20 min­utes twice a day is enough. I have med­i­tated in the weird­est places: Mu­se­ums, cars, air­ports. You just need to carry big, dark sunglasses with you and peo­ple will think you’re sleep­ing. Which his­tor­i­cal fig­ure would you like to see wear­ing your pieces for Fendi? Cleopa­tra. She was def­i­nitely a woman with a strong per­son­al­ity, like the ones I take in­spi­ra­tion from. I would love to see her with the crys­tal­rock ring from fall or the eye brooch from last spring. What are you lis­ten­ing to on re­peat? Lit­tle Dragon’s new al­bum. [Lead singer] Yukimi just sent it to me. A lot of your work in­cludes parts of the body—eyes, hands, etc. What is your favourite body part and why? Prob­a­bly the eye, so I can al­ways keep an eye on you! But anatomy fas­ci­nates me. I like to in­ter­pret the body in un­con­ven­tional ways. I move ev­ery­thing around—one will end up wear­ing an eye on the fin­ger and a mouth on the ear. Thank god that I de­cided to use this tech­nique in jew­ellery and not in surgery! What piece should ev­ery woman invest in this sea­son? Def­i­nitely a fur cuff! In three words, how would you de­scribe your col­lec­tions for Fendi? What art has in­spired them? Ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, du­al­ism, cre­ativ­ity. I’m cur­rently look­ing at the artist Hans Bellmer, and re­cently I’ve drawn on el­e­ments from Art Deco, an­cient Egypt, the ’30s, and the fu­ture. What are your favourite movies? The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover; Jac­ques Per­rin’s doc­u­men­tary Océans; and Blade Run­ner. A lot of your jew­ellery fea­tures an­i­mal themes. What an­i­mal would you be and why? A bee. I know how to make sweet cre­ations, but I can work hard as a sol­dier. Who is your dream lunch date? Lunch with [David] Lynch! What is your favourite place? My light blue bath­tub. You’re a big fan of Susan Miller and astrol­ogy. What is your sign and what does it mean to you? I am Libra. I like to think that we are all con­nected, we and the cos­mos are one, ev­ery stone is linked to an as­tro­log­i­cal sign and a planet. We can’t con­sider us un­touched by the move­ment of such great masses. If the moon in­flu­ences the tides, how can plan­ets not in­flu­ence our bod­ies, which are 65 per­cent wa­ter? I love read­ing the horo­scope of the pre­vi­ous day— it helps me un­der­stand the dy­nam­ics of things. What would peo­ple be sur­prised to learn about you? That I am fas­ci­nated by the un­known.

Giò Ponti

From top: The de­signer’s first col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fendi in Spring 2014; ring and cuff, prices upon re­quest, Fendi; a look from Spring 2015

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