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