MILAN — Milan and the rest of the fashion world stepped off the ready-to-wear hamster wheel this week to pay tribute to Franca Sozzani, the longtime editor of Italian Vogue, who died in December at 66.
The winter sky was slate gray on Monday afternoon as the great and the good of the industry gathered in the Duomo, the city’s massive Gothic cathedral, for a service in Ms. Sozzani’s memory. Crowds thronged behind safety barriers outside as hundreds of mourners filed in.
Stella McCartney, Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham, Phoebe Philo and Sarah Burton flew in from London. Alber Elbaz, Bruno Frisoni, Sidney Toledano and François-Henri Pinault came from Paris. Pierpaolo Piccioli, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada and Valentino Garavani were there; so, too, were the supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Eva Herzigova, and the photographers Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh and Mario Sorrenti. Members of the Fendi, Versace, Pucci, Missoni and Ferretti families were in attendance, as was Matteo Renzi, the former Italian prime minister, and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the former first lady of France.
The Catholic Mass, conducted in Italian, had been arranged by Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan; Carlo Capasa, president of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, the Italian…