Fendi Fur Ladies Luncheon at Grossi Florentino Upstairs

This past Wednesday, as many of you may already be aware, I was invited to a special showcasing of Fendi's Fall/Winter Fur Collection. The private viewing was fittingly held at the sumptuous fine dining location of Grossi Florentino Upstairs. It was an unforgettable experience, and one I feel privileged to have attended.

Surrounded by old-school opulence that reminded me of the lavish and sophisticated ballrooms of Italy in the Renaissance period, the venue was perfect for showcasing the most exquisitely crafted furs available in the world. As the Fendi models turned the heads of all the women in attendance, I imagined such pieces belonging on an elegant and stately woman. One who could gracefully glide across a ballroom, dancing in perfect accord to the melody of a Viennese Waltz.

The rather intimate gathering of 40 or so women commenced with a delectable four course lunch. As to be expected, the dishes presented before us were edible art, with the generosity of flavour that is to be expected from such an esteemed world class Italian restaurant as Grossi Florentino. The dish which stole my heart was the perfectly al dente ravioli, garnished with a thin sliver of crispy guanciale. Although seemingly innocent in it's simplistic presentation, encased inside each raviolo was a bright yolk delicately infused with the flavours of parmigiano reggiano and guanciale. Upon slicing into each casing, a golden stream of yolk oozed out in the most theatrical of manners.

Following the exceptional savory courses was the presentation of Fendi's Fall/Winter Fur Collection. As the models showcased 8 of the 40 total looks, I was instantly transported back in time to the old school glamour of Italian high society. Words cannot describe how enchanting and magical the movements of the garments were as the models sauntered with ease around the tables, inviting us to observe the exquisite Fendi creations in the closest detail.

An exceptionally light yet creamy tiramisu creation by Grossi Florentino marked the end of the exclusive showing. As we bid adieu to the lovely women in attendance the flower arrangements that had adorned the tables were delicately wrapped in tissue paper and presented to us as a thoughtful parting gift in the iconic Fendi shopping bag.

An intimate luncheon quietly tucked away within the bustling city of Melbourne transported all in attendance to another world. This luncheon served as the premiere showcasing of such an extensive range of Fendi's furs within Australia. Melbourne's recent frosty weather and overall fashion sense provided quite the environment to host such an event. In comparison to some of our other major cities we are quite European in our architecture, culinary culture and style identity.

For those living or visiting Melbourne who wish to peruse such a fur collection, the Chadstone Fendi boutique is showcasing these beautiful creations until June 30. For those who adore high fashion in its many forms and are partial to fur pieces this is a remarkable opportunity.

Until next time,

Ciao amici!

The Grossi Florentino Menu


Sea Bream, Mead, Bee Pollen, Apple, Rocket, Bottarga, Raddish


Ravioli, Yolk, Parmigiano, Guanciale


Cobia, Pearl Barley, Squid Ink, Samphire, Scampi



Fendi's Fall/Winter Fur Preview

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  1. June 17, 2017 / 04:23

    So lucky to get to see the f/w Fendi fur collection! Bet it was such an amazing and unique experience. They never stop amazing me with how creative all the pieces are :). Wishing you a great weekend ahead! xx


  2. Whitney
    June 19, 2017 / 13:09

    Beautiful photos A! You captured the models better than my phone camera hands down haha I’m still thinking about the wagyu steak mmmm

  3. June 20, 2017 / 13:22

    Wow I can’t even tell what’s more exquisite, the food or the fashion! Love it both, what an amazing event!

    Chow Down USA

  4. June 20, 2017 / 14:20

    What a beautiful luncheon! How fun to have been able to attend such an event.
    Tasha Juli

  5. June 20, 2017 / 20:02

    Looks like an amazing event and the food must be delicious!!
    Mónica Sors

  6. Amy
    June 21, 2017 / 02:35

    What a gorgeous collection! How cool to be invited. Look like it was amazing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. June 21, 2017 / 04:53

    Lovely pics!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

  8. June 21, 2017 / 07:43

    As I was reading your article, you were making me hungry, haha. The way you described your dishes, girl, they sound just as delicious as they look and indeed artistic! I love when food is presented in such a way, showing that art can truly be reflected in all facets of life from what we eat to what we wear. Speaking of, the pieces look absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, girl, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



  9. Izabela
    June 21, 2017 / 08:21

    It looked like an incredible event. The collection is amazing.

    Her Hive

  10. June 22, 2017 / 11:29

    Wow babe, this event looks amazing. Both the food and Fendi collection both look divine.
    xx Rubi

    Pose & Repeat

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