Divinities in ancient tradition may have abided on Mount Olympus, but tonight in Florence, a diapason of goddesses touched down on the Italian megacity’s major Piazzale Michelangelo. As the thunderclouds parted and the sun set across the resplendent Renaissance skyline of the Tuscan megacity, a host of magical model muses – from period- defining supers to fabulous drag queens, knockout public treasures to Vogue cover stars – took their turn on an open- air catwalk, for British Vogue and LuisaViaRoma’s Runway Icons circus, which was curated by Edward Enninful.
In a megacity long associated with exquisite artificer- from goldsmithing to leather timber- over 1500 guests luxuriated in the notion of la dolce vita, making their way at magic hour to Florence’s most notorious panoramic hilltop. TheA-listers bordering the frontal row as the sun set over the Duomo? Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Fox, Tina Kunakey, Toby Maguire and Charithra Chandran were just some of the guests.
From their colosseum seats, attendees were treated to an emotional, 100- look- plus style circus that celebrated the iconography of global fashion, roistering in the history, present and unborn-focused creations of over 50 ménage developer names and trailblazing youthful bents. For a real heavenly hit, the show opened with an inconceivable performance by iconic Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, including “ Time To Say Goodbye ”, which led Emily in Paris’s Lucien Laviscount to leave his frontal row seat and invite another guest to decelerate cotillion on the runway.
From plaid- punk corsetry courtesy of Vivienne Westwood to Off- White’s take on the haute couture bridegroom, the aesthetics in Runway Icons served as a visual wordbook of fashion history, soundtracked on the runway with an original composition by Hale Zero, that had guests grooving and whooping in their colosseum- style seats. suppose custom aesthetics , current season pieces and quaint reinterpretations, transcending ’60s Space Age, Y2K glam, Britpop- period sportswear and ’70s counterculturist, plus oodles of buoyant eveningwear. Some, like a bejeweled and densely feathered barracuda- stripe gown by Roberto Cavalli, served as a quaint afterlife/ downtime 2004 reissue, worn by Natasha Poly with Amina Muaddi heels, and others, like a sheer pink Nensi Dojaka dress and a slinky sequinned 16 Arlington gown, reflected the contemporary DNA of burgeoning contrivers moment.
Opening the show, Natalia Vodianova radiated ethereal energy in a Giambattista Valli gown with substantial layers of white lattice layers. Ashley Graham sizzled in wildcat Dolce & Gabbana. British Vogue April 2023 cover stars Paloma Elsesser, Precious Lee and Jill Kortleve set beats contending in slinky red and gray aesthetics by Blumarine, Michael Kors and Chloé. Eva Herzigova oozed Old Hollywood glamour in a night sequinned Giorgio Armani gown. Drag performer Gottmik strutted in rockstar Rick Owens platforms. British Vogue contributing editor Munroe Bergdorf spellbound in the scintillating angles of a custom Mugler gown. Other indelible aesthetics on the line- up came courtesy of Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Fendi, Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Maison Margiela, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Victoria Beckham. ending the spectacular show? Irina Shayk took a final turn on the catwalk in transparent Tom Ford, followed by a homestretch in which the models, from Karen Elson and Alton Mason to Erin O’Connor and Penelope Tree, held hands in an uplifting display of concinnity.
Against a Tuscan- tone skyline, Runway Icons birled
in a joyous disquisition of print and pattern, from Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli’s hand hot pink to Moncler’s space- good tableware, Matthieu Blazy’s paintbox tinges at Bottega Veneta to Max Mara’s reciprocal cappuccinos. For those far from the Florentine hills, a number of pieces from the show, including Natasha Poly’s Amina Muaddi heels, and pieces by Ray- Ban, Victoria Beckham, Dolce & Gabbana and Mugler, will be available to shop through LuisaViaRoma.
Keep scrolling to see some of the look from the LuisaViaRoma Runway Icons show.