January 19, 2021

Industry Reacts to Carla Fendi’s Death

MILAN — A point of reference for many, considered for years the image of the Fendi company, Carla Fendi’s death sparked strong reaction in the fashion world.
As reported, Fendi, honorary president of the Rome-based company, died on Monday evening in the Italian capital at 80. She is survived by her sisters Paola, Anna, Franca and Alda Fendi. A funeral service will be held on Thursday in Rome at the Chiesa degli Artisti [Church of the Artists] in Piazza del Popolo.
“She was like a second mother to me, supporting me throughout my life,” said her niece Silvia Venturini Fendi. “She was an adviser, if I had a doubt or there was a decision to be made, I would often turn to her because she was wise and very intelligent — she thought out of the box.”
Venturini Fendi, who is the daughter of Anna Fendi, said her aunt was a reference for all of the family and across the different generations. “She was the Zia [aunt] with the capital letter; she was the family’s beacon and an aggregator, virtually the head of the Fendi clan.” A woman of great vision and educated, she was also fun. “You could never be bored with

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