Glittering 'Fendace' show and party closes Milan Fashion Week - and the stars come out

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British top model Kate Moss guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
British top model Kate Moss guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)

The great Italian luxury fashion houses are not known for enthusiastically supporting one another. 

Last night, however, Milan Fashion Week closed with an unprecedented exchange between Fendi and Versace, both names to make any fashionista automatically genuflect. 

Rather than a collaboration, they insisted, it was a 'creative dialogue,' which saw chief Fendi designer Kim Jones and Donatella Versace interpreting a new SS/22 collection for each other's labels. 

The show featured supermodels from the past and present, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Winnie Harlow, Amber Valetta, Gigi Hadid and Kristen McMenamy. 

The handwritten invitation promised 'something special', and that's what was delivered.

Watch: Fendi 2020 Milan fashion show

The connection was first teased by Kim Kardashian in an instagram photo earlier this year, showing herself with Kim Jones and Donatella Versace. It wasn't revealed until much later that the garlanded designers had given each other permission to dig through the archives and put their own spin on a new collection. 

The celebrity-studded audience were first treated to Versace's take on Fendi, with the classic Medusa print on wrapped silk, FENDACE logo belts, swimsuits and gold jewellery as well as new spin on the baguette bag.

Fendi's overhaul of Versace offered bright pink, pencil skirts, sequinned scarves and a pink chainmail dress showcasing the 'F', as well as re-designing the famous Versace safety pin look made unforgettable by Elizabeth Hurley, who was seated on the front row. 

Other attendees included Dua Lipa, Addison Rae and Iris Law, model daughter of Jude Law and Sadie Frost. The next generation were very much in attendance, with Damian Hurley, 19, model son of Elizabeth Hurley, and Lila Grace Moss Hack, Kate Moss's model daughter, joining their famous parents. 

Guests pulled out all the sartorial stops - here are the fashion highlights. 

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: Dua Lipa is seen on the front row of the Versace special event during the Milan Fashion Week - Spring / Summer 2022 on September 26, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images )
Singer Dua Lipa wore semi-sheer black Fendi. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images )
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: A model wearing a Fendace t-shirt is seen ahead of the Versace special event during the Milan Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2022 on September 26, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
A model wearing the specially designed FENDACE T shirt. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
British actress Elizabeth Hurley with her son Damian Charles Hurley guests at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Elizabeth Hurley and son Damian attended the after-party. (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
American singer and dancer Addison Rae guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
American singer and dancer Addison Rae rocked her best Versace at the party, with matching mask. (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Spanish actress Ester Exp�sito guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Soanish actor Ester Esposito looked glamorous in baby-pink at the bash. (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
American actor Cole Sprouse guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
American actor Cole Sprouse opted for a dazzling Versace jacket at the party. (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Italian entrepreneur, blogger and influencer Chiara Ferragni guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Italian entrepreneur, blogger and influencer Chiara Ferragni was on sparkling form in a silver and turquoise dress, (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
American actress Zoey Deutch guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Actor Zoey Deutch looked effortfully stylish. (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Iris Law guest at the party organized for the launch of the Fendace collection created by the collaboration between the fashion houses Fendi and Versace. Milan (Italy), September 26th, 2021 (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)
Iris Law looked stylish in a cropped Fendi jacket to match her cropped hair. (Photo by Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio/Sipa USA)

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