The two Italian mega fashion brands, Versace and Fendi, have joined forces for a revolutionary moment in the history of fashion!
Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace, or let’s say, Fendace!
Are you confused and wondering what it means? Don’t worry! We are here to answer all your questions! Join us as we explore the world of Fendace (Fendi and Versace) and experience fashion from a new angle!
Milan Fashion Week 2021 was a spectacular display of Italian fashion and culture. However, the celebrations didn’t just end there. As the fashion industry watched in awe, the two fashion powerhouses, Versace and Fendi, surprised everyone by joining forces for a star-studded event during Milan Fashion Week 2021. For a spectacular creative swap, Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini-Fendi of Fendi, teamed up with Donatella Versace of Versace, as both brands reimagined the interpretation and presented their mini-collections to the other. This astounding fashion swap certainly made an impression on us as we were left mesmerized by this creative partnership.
Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace is unlike anything that has happened before. Several rumors were swirling about a potential Versace and Fendi collaboration, sparked by an Instagram post in July from Kim Kardashian that featured Donatella Versace and Kim Jones! As it turns out, this was true! Donatella Versace sent out cryptic gold-and-white “save the date” cards to a few fashion insiders only a few days before the event, hinting that there would be a second, secret show following Milan Fashion Week 2021.
It’s a first in the history of fashion: two designers having a true creative dialogue that stems from respect and friendship. It led to us swapping roles to create these two collections..Donatella Versace, MFW 2021
According to the brands, this was not a collaboration but rather “a celebration of Italian fashion and a to-hell-with-it disruption of the established order of things.” Typically, fashion collaborations involve large brands partnering with smaller ones to boost clientele and enhance brand awareness. Nonetheless, these massive brand crossovers seem to be on the rise and gaining traction, such as Gucci x Balenciaga. In the Fendace collection, instead of collaborating, the creative directors of both Italian luxury brands switched roles and took turns curating their respective designs, bringing their expertise and exceptional flair.
In this ultra-competitive fashion industry, the crossover of these two Italian fashion titans goes against the conventional norms. However, it also marks a significant step forward and an exciting shift in the industry! Milan Fashion Week 2021 was topped off with Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace with great success, but we couldn’t forget to check out the elite lineup of socialites and celebrities ensembled for this stylish mega event.
Opening the show was veteran model Kristen McMenamy, dressed in a sleek all-black look. The Fendi monogram was evident on several accessories – gold chokers, bracelets, shoe and dress straps, belts that said “Fendace,” and handbags embroidered with Versace’s logo. The runway featured a diverse array of mainstays including Adut Akech, Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Stella Maxwell, Kate Moss, Lila Moss, Emily Ratajkowski, Anja Rubik, Irina Shayk, and Amber Valletta.
The global music superstar Dua Lipa appeared on Versace’s spring 2022 summer ready-to-wear runway at Milan Fashion Week as she opened and closed the show. Her skin-baring, safety-pinned suit reminded us of the Versace red carpet dress that propelled Elizabeth Hurley to fame in the 1990s!
For this powerhouse pairing, a total of 50 looks are designed with a ’90s approach to the designs. Versace by Fendi is a tribute to Versace’s artistry of the 1990s era, celebrating Fendi’s exquisite craftsmanship. Donnatella added a touch of sexiness and dazzled us with miniskirts, cut-out bodysuits, and form-fitting metallic gowns. It explored a dualistic aesthetic and fused the Fendi Monogram with the Versace Greek Key motif. The collection feels highly innovative, reversible, and revolutionary that incorporates multiple hidden features.
On the other hand, Versace went down the ’90s route for the Fendi by Versace collection by adopting a punk rock stance and punctuating the motif and symbol with safety pins from Versace. The designer also reimagined the classic Fendi F monogram with crystals adorned with chain mail, lace, and silk faille that evoke the denim look.
The collection has a vibrant, whimsical, and innovative feel, yet it also has recognizable signature styles and a sense of confidence. We’re sure that the Fendace collection will fly off the shelves when it launches next year. Both collection pieces are curated for pre-fall 2022 and will be available starting in May at the boutiques. Check out some of our favorite looks from the upcoming collection below!
Versace by Fendi
Fendi By Versace
Here are all the celebrities who attended the Versace and Fendi secret fashion show, and yes, they were dressed in either brand from head-to-toe! Check out the star-studded elite lineup at Versace & Fendi’s secret fashion show!
The level of our enthusiasm for this forthcoming Fendace fashion collection shows just how excited we are. How about you? In the meantime, while we dream of being invited to the next such secret star-studded fashion event, let’s hear your thoughts on the collaboration between Versace and Fendi. Are you interested in what these brands have in store for you next?
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Featured Image Source: Courtesy of Versace via Instagram