Artwork by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez on iconic Fendi bags

Fendi picks up the works of Puerto Rican-American fashion illustrator and artist Antonio Lopez via their two icons – the Peekaboo and the Baguette. Back on the association of illustrators with Karl Lagerfeld, how he shaped fashion and is today the face of these pieces worthy of a collector.

Designers ranging from Marc Jacobs, Hannah MacGibbon for Chloé, Anna Sui to Indian design maestro Suneet Varma have all cited Antonio Lopez’s work as inspiration. The most important of these design associations is the one that Antonio Lopez nurtured with Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Fendi and Chanel. Lagerfeld’s tryst with Lopez dates back to the 1970s during her time at Chloe’s and was a creative exchange that greatly influenced her work and social circles over the years.

So when Kim Jones debuted Lopez’s illustrations for Fendi Women’s Spring/Summer 2022 in September, it honored her fashion-forward spirit as well as her past associations. Driving the vision forward, the illustrations take the form of two of the house’s icons – Peekaboo and Wand. The bags capture the highest craftsmanship of the house and the graphic creativity of Lopez. It’s an intoxicating mix of colors, layers, materials and craftsmanship captured on leather, metallic leather and suede. Both pieces are transformed with the use of inlays, embroideries and captivating prints.

The source of these timeless designs is The domain, the Antonio Lopez archives, managed by Paul Caranicas and his niece, Devon Caranicas. The iconic “Antonio” signature was a prominent part of the 70s and 80s fashion scene and represented the meeting of art, fashion and queer culture. The archive is a selection of the artists’ legendary designs and reflects the ideas of femininity, diversity, inclusiveness and unconventional beauty of that era. The bags are an ode to the vibrancy of the ’70s disco era (a glorious era for Lopez) and the rainbow colors represent the same thing.

All images: Courtesy of Fendi.

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