Fendi turns Trevi Fountain into catwalk for 90th anniversary
Models appeared to walk on the waters of Rome's Trevi Fountain at Fendi's latest couture show on Thursday night (07Jul16).
To mark the Italian fashion house's 90th anniversary, the luxury brand held a show above the sparkling waters of the Baroque fountain, with models gliding across a transparent catwalk in the basin. The collection of 46 outfits, entitled Legends and Fairy Tales, was inspired by the work of Danish fairytale illustrator Kay Nielsen, who painted colour plates for the book Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen in 1924 and later worked on sequences for the 1940 Disney film Fantasia.
At the label's second-ever Haute Fourrure show, each look was accented with fur - from appliques and trims, to luxurious shawls, dresses and intarsia coats. Floral and fairy tale style art scenes were also a big focus, made even more magical by the models' doll-like ringlets, some of which were tied with fur ribbons, and glowing skin.
American model Kendall Jenner opened in the show in a periwinkle coat dress, which was embroidered with floral imagery, and accessorised with a fan-shaped tote and dark orange satin booties. Models also wore glittering evening gowns with side slits transforming their wearers into modern-day Hansel and Gretels or hand-painted dresses in pale pink, blue and cream adorned with hand-stitched flowers.
Dresses tended to be nipped in at the waist or had a bell-shaped skirt, but what really wowed the 200 exclusive guests was a patterned cape, in grey silk, which opened at both the front and back. Breakout star Bella Hadid closed the presentation in a majestic fur cape, before creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who also helms Chanel and his own eponymous line, made a special appearance, taking a bow alongside accessories designer Silvia Venturini Fendi. Reaching the middle of the glass bridge he threw three coins over his shoulder into the fountain with a smile - a tradition that is said to ensure a return to the eternal city.
The Trevi Fountain, made famous by a scene in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita in which Anita Ekberg wades through its waters, was restored last year in a clean-up funded by Fendi, which first opened its doors in the capital in 1926. Fendi, now part of French conglomerate LVMH, said it wanted to capture the romance of the nearly 300-year-old monument, visited by millions of tourists every year, where tradition says visitors can ensure eternal love by drinking its waters.