“We wanted to make it beautiful, and upbeat and happy,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi in wonder and awe at the glowing tables for 600 guests, set on the flat top of the Palatine Hill under a crescent moon.
For Rome, this space is the heart and soul of the Eternal City, the centremost of the Seven Hills surrounding it, with the Colosseum at its base. Hence, perhaps, Fendi calling this exceptional presentation “the Dawn of Romanity”.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BzgzyDKnsI4/?utm_source=ig_embedAll the gods were present at the event – a final honour to Karl Lagerfeld, who had joined the group of artistic Fendi women in the 1960s and stayed on as designer for a jaw-dropping 54 years until he passed away at age 85 in February, three days after he had completed his last ready-to-wear collection with Silvia.https://www.instagram.com/p/BzhtHBJngwq/?utm_source=ig_embedThe idea of holding a fashion show in this Roman wonderland was not only to present 54 outfits to mark the designer’s fashion years at Fendi. It also underlined the support given to the city by the fashion house, now owned by LVMH. Chairman and CEO Serge Brunschwig talked about LVMH’s current restoration of the Temple of Venus and Rome as an architectural preservation project following work on the famous Trevi Fountain – the last such project taken on by the company three years ago.
“Bringing our couture to Rome is the best way to celebrate Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi and this city,” the executive said, his gentle words later drowned out by a musical performance by Lion Babe.