Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani’s mass draws designers, fashion executives – Los Angeles Times

Franca Sozzani could always command a gathering of industry insiders — any day, any time. The same happened on Monday when a mass was held at the tail end of Milan Fashion Week to remember the late editor in chief of Vogue Italia, who died in December.

It’s probably easier to say who was not at Milan’s gothic Duomo cathedral. Police set up barriers to control access to the church while crowds of curious onlookers clustered around — iPhones handy and ready for selfies. There were institutional personalities, ranging from former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the city’s mayor Giuseppe Sala to Ivan Scalfarotto, deputy minister for economic development, as well as Carlo Capasa, president of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, and Beppe Modenese and Mario Boselli, both honorary presidents.

Giorgio Armani; Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli; Alberta Ferretti and her brother Massimo; Silvia Venturini Fendi and Carla Fendi; Anna Molinari; Dean and Dan Caten; Veronica and Gimmo Etro; Antonio Berardi; Luisa Beccaria; Bruno Frisoni, and Cesare Paciotti were among some of the Italian designers. Donatella Versace arrived arm-in arm with Naomi Campbell.

“I saw Franca until her last few days. Her death has left a big empty space in the life of her family, friends and colleagues,” said Valentino Garavani, flanked by Giancarlo Giammetti.

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