For the end of the women's Paris Fashion Week, Fendi shuttled guests via jet to ROME where they staged their Fall-Winter '16-'17 show at--in--ON--that city's iconic Trevi Fountain. Which is appropriate since Fendi just funded a multi-million dollar cleaning and renovation of the breathtaking landmark. The translucent runway was mounted at water level and made it seem as though the models were literally walking on water. The clothing was reminiscent of Italy in 1890 with some Aesthetic Movement and Art Nouveau touches here and there. And of course how can one stage a show with an Italian motif without using the music of Nino Rota from classic Fellilni films: here we hear excerpts from Fellini's films "Casanova," "Roma" (appropriately from the Vatican Fashion Show sequence, previously here), and possibly my all-time favorite Fellini, "Juliet of the Spirits." But of course the ultimate Fellini-Trevi reference is the legendary fountain scene from "La Dolce Vita" (previously here and here) featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg romping in the water in the middle of the night.
Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi came out for bows at the end of the show both for the beautiful collection and for the gloriously renovated, now-pristine Trevi.