DINNER WITH A PURPOSE: On Tuesday, the fashion crowd gathered at the Fabbrica del Vapore venue for a gala dinner to celebrate the end of the 15th edition of Convivio, the bi-annual Italian fundraiser to support AIDS/HIV research and, for the first time in its history, other infectious diseases. .
The guests included Carlo Capasa, president of Camera Nazionale Della Moda; Diego and Andrea Della Valle, president and vice president respectively of Tod’s Group; Claudio Marenzi, president of Herno; Massimo Renon, CEO of Benetton and Andrea Incontri, creative director of the brand; Kean Etro and his wife Constanza Cavalli Etro; Lorenzo Serafini and Alessandra Rich, to name a few.
There was much to celebrate as this year Convivio marked its 30th anniversary and return to a live event after its 2020 edition was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
During the dinner, Andrea Gori, president of Anlaids Lombardia ETS, highlighted how the event attracted 40,000 people and raised 1.6 million euros. He also proudly stated that, for the first time in the history of Convivio, all 10,000 products donated by fashion brands were sold out during the five-day shopping event held at the Fabbrica del Vapore.
Participating fashion brands included Bulgari, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Valentino, Max Mara, Moncler, Tory Burch, Dsquared2, Sergio Rossi, Casadei, Ermanno Scervino, Furla and Golden Goose, among others. Not only clothing and accessories were donated, but also food, wine, beauty products, children’s clothing, home furnishings and decorations.
Convivio was founded in 1992 by Gianni Versace and is one of the most important charity events in Italy. In the last 30 years, in collaboration with Anlaids Section Lombardia ETS, the event has raised 26 million euros.
The dinner focused on the SportCouture theme, with brands such as Off-White, Fendi, Chopard, Gucci, Valentino, Dior and Loro Piana setting up their own tables and reinterpreting the concept. The night continued at the exclusive Armani Privé nightclub.