The surprise catwalk show, previously unofficially announced at MFW, turned out to have been a swapping between Versace’s creatives as well as long-time friends Donatella Versace and Kim Jones.
Versace’s Instagram post referred to an intimate experience. It was a starry, discoball-lit runway that came to life when Kristen McMenamy, 56 years old, wore the Versace first look by Kim Jones. The runways were walked both by supermodels, many of whom have or had strong connections to both houses.
In two parts, each designer will ‘hack’ another’s luxury house. Jones brought out the gold in Versace x Fendi’s vaults to make shirts, sliders, and accessories sparkle with newness. The collection’s heroes were a selection of dazzling bomber jackets, chunky neckwear, and a wideleg pant suit in pale pink ton sur ton prints.
The show’s closing ceremony saw Kate Moss, in a little-black dress and a floor-length medusa print coat, and Amber Valetta, in a white bodycon and bomber with the iconic house print. It was as commercially astute as it was high 90s.
Fendi x Versace featured logo-ed trench coats and tailoring, as well as accessories. Long blond hair was an ode of Donatella who gave Fendi’s jeans a makeover by lowering the waist and adding large double F buckles and pink faux fur to line a matching jacket.
There were more than just sporty, stoppable separates. There was also sensuous tailoring: Ania Rubik wore a black crepe gown with an asymmetrical hem. It was elegant and feather-light. Versace’s black and gold printed silk was used to create this one-shoulder dress with contrast waist executed it the Fendi style.
Naomi Campbell, dressed in a sparkling pink sheath, closed the show. It could be mistaken for Versace if it weren’t for Fendi’s logo, which is perhaps why it was there.
The show notes stressed that it was not a collaboration, but two iconic collections celebrating the friendship between the creatives.
You can watch full Versace x Fendi show below.