Carla Fendi Funeral Held in Rome on Thursday

ROME — Delfina Delettrez Fendi, the elder daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi, entered Rome’s Church of the Artist on Thursday morning carrying an olive twig in her hands. That tiny object, a sign of peace and life in the Christian culture, epitomized the honest, warm simplicity of the funeral service of Carla Fendi, who died at 80 on Monday.
Boys and girls from the National Academy of Santa Cecilia opened the service with a delicate, sweet chorus, which set the tone of the entire funeral. Setting aside any kind of opulence, the Fendi family, present in the church with all its generations, from the sisters of Carla Fendi, Anna, Paola, Franca and Aida, to the youngest great-grandchildren, decided to pay tribute to the late company’s honorary president in a discreet, elegant way which sounded more as a celebration of life than a memorial.
A range of personalities from the fashion industry, who worked with the Fendi company across different decades, attended. They included Valentino Garavani, who arrived with his partner Giancarlo Giammetti, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Alessandro Michele and Marco De Vincenzo. Fendi’s longtime friend Rosita Missoni, Camera Nazionale della Moda president Carlo Capasa, as well as Rome mayor Virginia Raggi, were also among

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