Versace Fall-Winter 2018-19. “The Clans of Versace” — Donatella Versace’s fall collection was, according to the opening quote of her show notes, an ode to women who “know that today nothing is acquired through birth, but rather earned through what they achieve.”
Versace’s clanswomen have calmer tendencies as well. A trio of slinky black dresses worn with headscarves percolated steam beneath the surface, while a pair of impeccable camel coats provided savvy, high-chic respite from so much optic verve.
Somehow that included a play on classics—a slick trenchcoat, a schoolgirl shirt collar, beige tailoring, super-platformed brogues. Then there was a riff on trad-punk tartans, all chopped-about, with multilevel kilts topped off with the odd beret. Silhouette-wise, what evolved were draped tulip-shaped miniskirts and bubbles, waists cinched in with broad leather Versace-logo buckle belts, and wide, wide shoulders. Where there were corsets, there were T-shirts crammed beneath them, DIY-club-style.
Versace Pre Fall-Winter 2018-19. Following September’s tribute to her brother Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of belonging and intimacy into her Versace pre-fall collection.
With that in mind, this season she didn’t embark on any exotic trip and actually found inspiration within the walls of the stunning Versace Palazzo on Milan’s Via Gesù. Gianni Versace’s opulent apartment with its rich combination of Neoclassical and Baroque elements, as well as the various Versace Casa interior design ranges, deeply influenced the exuberant collection.
Archival patterns and new motifs were merged in the flamboyant prints matching graphic touches and sinuous lines. These were splashed on fitted jersey frocks and on an elegant silk shirtdress with delicate velvet devoré details.
Gianni Versace’s love for upscale materials, such as exotic skins, translated into more contemporary vinyl pieces, including a trench with deep side slits and a sculpted padded jacket, all embossed with a crocodile motif.
And all our LOVE for Gianni Versace is always here…