42-year-old Victoria wore a conservative navy deconstructed dress and leather boots as she headed to the religious ceremony to commemorate her friend’s sad passing.
She appeared forlorn as she walked solo while hiding her eyes behind dark sunglasses and carried a matching leather bag in her hand.
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Firm friend: Victoria Beckham wore a conservative navy dress to attend a star-studded religious ceremony in honour of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani in Milan on Monday who passed away in December aged 66
Pensive: She looked incredible sad as she arrived at the ceremony alone
Sad loss: Following Franca’s death on December 22, aged 66, after a long illness, Victoria took to Instagram to share a photo of the two of them – they had worked together many times over the years
Paying her respects: Victoria listened to the eulogy, clearly deeply saddened by the premature loss of her friend and colleague
Following Franca’s death on December 22, aged 66, after a long illness, Victoria took to Instagram to share a photo of the two of them – they had worked together many times over the years.
She wrote: ‘I had the privilege of spending time with Franca over the years. Not enough time as it now so sadly transpires,
‘Whenever I was with her I was mesmerised by her strength of character, her charitable work, her creative vision. She encouraged me and inspired me whenever we spoke. What a legacy she leaves behind. RIP.’
To the wake: The former Spice Girl marched with the rest of the guests to attend the post-funeral gathering
Gothic: Victoria left the Duomo gothic cathedral after attending the memorial mass for her colleague and friend Franca
Blue: The star was clearly pensive as she walked along the streets of Milan to the venue, steely faced and emotional
She was joined by supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell who dressed in black for the occasion.
Kate appeared incredibly upset wearing a veiled hat as she was comforted by a friend, while making her way inside, while Naomi respectfully bowed her head while hiding her eyes behind dark sunglasses.
Close: Kate Moss appeared incredibly upset wearing a veiled hat and an all black ensemble for the service
Devastated: She was comforted by a friend, while making her way inside as she tried her best to compose herself
Putting a brave face on: Kate managed a smile as she walked along with her friends close by and lending their support
She’s in fashion: Kate carried an oversized fur over her arm as she walked along the cobbles in platform heels
Hug please: Kate gave her pal a cuddle as Stella struggled to manage all of her possessions
Emotions running high: Kate giggled nervously as she clutched some papers in her hand following the service
Ready for her close-up: Kate wore a trilby and covered her face with a black netted veil
Naomi arrived on the arm of Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace, with the two ladies managing a smile.
Sozzani championed Italian fashion in the magazine she ran for 28 years.
Pal: Naomi Campbell respectfully bowed her head while hiding her eyes behind dark sunglasses
Two’s company: Naomi also walked through Milan with her arms linked in with fashion designer Edward Enninful
Caring: Naomi also arrived on the arm of Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace
There for her: The two ladies managed to a smile as they got each other through the difficult day
There for one another: Donatella held tightly to Naomi’s hand as she battled to get through the tough day
Style sensations: Donatella looked incredible (left) as she was later joined by fellow designer Giorgio Armani (right)
Joining forces: Naomi walked alongisde Carla Bruni as she headed into the memorial mass
Emotional time: She planted a peck on Carla’s cheek as the pair embraced
Conde Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse said she died after a yearlong illness with her son Francesco by her side. The online version of Vogue Italia remembered Sozzani with a simple red heart next to her name.
‘Franca was one of the greatest editors who ever made a magazine,’ Newhouse said in a note to the Conde Nast team.
‘She made Italian Vogue a powerful and influential voice in the worlds of fashion and photography by publishing groundbreaking photography and journalism.’
Working the trend: Singer Rita Ora made a style statement in tribute to the much-loved editor
Best foot forward: Rita slipped on a pair of pointed embellished heels as she made her way to the funeral
Vintage: The hitmaker-turned-presenter worked a forties inspired look for the sad occasion
Chic: She put on a pair of sheer black gloves as she carried her box clutch into the memorial
Things to think about: Rita looked pensive as she also prepared to pay her respects with a close companion
After turns at Vogue Bambini, the Italian version of Glamour and a corresponding men’s magazine, Sozzani became editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia in 1988.
She also was active in humanitarian causes, and in recent years served as the ambassador to fashion for the United Nations.
She travelled to support people working in the fashion world in Africa and Asia while helping to raise money and awareness to fight hunger.
An icon of the fashion world: Franca, pictured looking beautiful in October, was always easy to spot in the fashion crowd with her wavy blonde locks and bright smile
Solemn: Iconic Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani appeared to be in understandably subdued spirits
Intense chat: Valentino and Naomi Campbell looked engrossed in a serious conversation
Commemoration: Emanuele Filiberto (left) of Savoy, Prince of Venice, and Santo Versace were in attendance
Back home in Milan, she was easy to spot in the fashion crowd with her wavy blonde locks and bright smile.
She also had a big social media presence, running a blog on Vogue Italy’s website as well as an active Twitter feed that went silent in June.
Once asked to define style, she replied, ‘Today there is not just one. I think people should buy more mirrors than clothes, to see themselves before going out … but I think that clothes need to correspond to one’s own personality. That is style.’
Stylish: Carla Bruni also made an appearance wore statement patterned tights and a modest coat
Close ties: The day was particularly sad for US Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief who wore an embellished coat and boots
Hard times: Anna sat with Carla Sozzani and Francesco Carrozzini, Franca Sozzani’s son, as they attended a mass in commemoration Franca
Stunning: Supermodel Eva Herzigova towered over her companion as she followed suit
Twinning: Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared fame also arrived to pay their respects
Fashion designer: Valentino also joined the service with a female companion in tow
Sad day: Giorgio Armani left the Duomo gothic cathedral after attending a memorial mass
A sad day: As night fell, Victoria was snapped heading away from the wake
Impeccable: It was back to business as Victoria arrived at the airport to fly from Milan to her next destination
Fond memories: Victoria was able to muster a light smile as the day drew to a close, clearly remembering the good times she had with her late friend