Fendi made their grand debut at New York Fashion Week with a glamorous, star-studded show at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The event was staged to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Baguette, the house’s It bag that rose to prominence in the 2000s and recently enjoyed a resurgence in the 2020s. The highly-anticipated show brought out some of New York’s A-list celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Sarah Jessica Parker, who helped popularize the “Sex and the City” bag.
Kardashian appeared in a floor-length, sheer gown covered in sequins. The dress features a high neckline, panels of varying shades along the bodice and stretch towards the hem, as well as long sleeves that cover all but her manicure. Her platinum-blonde hair was pulled back into a low bun to show off her soft-glam makeup. She accessorized with sparkling sandals with a low, block heel — and naturally, a sequin Fendi baguette bag.
Several new iterations of the baguette bag have also been spotted on the runway. Creative director Kim Jones partnered with Marc Jacobs and Tiffany & Co. to reimagine the accessory that debuted in 1997 and was initially inspired by the way French women carry baguette bread on their arms. The Jacobs bag is reminiscent of New York City, with design elements that are flamboyant and shiny; One handbag was covered in sparkling crystals, while another nodded to logomania with a fresh take on the Fendi logo. She created a total of 10 looks for the fashion house, ranging from train skirts to deconstructed denim jackets.
Tiffany & Co. Its design effect is realized in a bag in the famous Tiffany-blue shade; another with a diamond-encircled T and F logo; and another crafted from sterling silver and engraved with the national flowers of Italy and New York. Baguettes were reinterpreted as ready-to-wear in the most imaginative ways, featuring as cargo pockets on miniskirts and hand-warmer front pockets on fleece jackets. Guests were even sent physical invitations with baguette-inspired wallets covered in the Fendi logo.
Most notably, Sarah Jessica Parker carried a personalized baguette bag to the event. In her aforementioned role as Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City,” she famously said “It’s not a bag, it’s a baguette,” and that line was engraved on the inside of her sparkly purple handbag. It’s part of a capsule collection he designed with Silvia Venturini Fendi, featuring different colors (such as pink and baby blue) and four interchangeable buckles.
Ahead, check out several runway and red carpet photos, as well as Kim Kardashian and Sarah Jessica Parker’s looks.