LuisaViaRoma x British Vogue | Open-air Show in Florence

Interlacing the past, present, and future

Written by

Brendan Le

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It is difficult to communicate the intricate history of fashion, with its abrupt shifts and deep intertwining with quotidian culture. With the aim of conveying the storied evolution of style, luxury fashion retailer LuisaViaRoma partnered with British Vogue and Edward Enninful OBE, British Vogue's editor-in-chief, to host a one-night-only open-air catwalk show titled Runway Icons. With the panoramic backdrop of Florence, Italy, attendees embarked on a decades-long journey that encompassed and paid tribute to the voices that influenced fashion over the years. Through looks by over 50 rising and household-name designers from across the globe, the showcase paid homage to designers’ heritage, blending cultural fashion staples with a touch of their personal flair.

Over 1,500 guests arrived to the Piazzale Michelangelo on June 14, including celebrity names Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Payne, and Winnie Harlow. Italian opera legend Andrea Bocelli kicked off the runway with a four-song performance, followed by 70 models gracing the stage to round out the efforts of a renowned crew assembled by LuisaViaRoma and British Vogue, which included casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro, editorial and runway makeup artist Pat McGrath, and hair stylist Sam McKnight.

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LuisaViaRoma, British Vogue, Edward Enninful, Florence, Brendan Le