In Italia, of course, Milan is home to just about every major fashion house that matters – save Gucci and Ferragamo, who belong to fair Firenze.
But Rome is the unmistakable birthplace of Fendi. And while America was celebrating its 243rd birthday this past Thursday, the legendary house that gave us the coveted Baguette and Peekaboo bags was renewing its special bond with the Eternal City. Indeed, the fashion cognoscenti and a notable cast of cultural a-listers gathered at the Colle Palatino (the Pallatine Hill) to fête the Couture Fall/Winter 2019-20 collection.
The event, dramatically titled The Dawn of Romanity, brought out the multi-generational star power, with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Luca Guadagnino, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zendaya, Zoey Deutch, as well as a long list of influencers and international movie stars assembling amidst the ancient ruins. A live performance by composer Caterina Barbieri accompanied the catwalk parade.
But, naturally, it was the clothes that were the real stars. To be sure, the final collection designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld (whose tenure with Fendi spanned 54 years) was replete with daring yet elegant aesthetic references to Roman history – including the once travertine-clad Colosseum, which acted as a spectacular backdrop.
Here’s what it looked like.