Bravo, Donatella! Last night’s Fall/Winter 2015 presentation was both so unexpected from the brand and such a welcome departure from its usual put-everything-on-display-and-cover-it-in-crystals-and-studs approach that it was all anyone could talk about later that night over truffle pizza in Milan’s trendy Paper Moon restaurant. Versace’s new agenda was future facing and vibrant, including, but not relying on, signature brand themes. For instance, clothes were sequined with “#” and “@” symbols and the show was live-streamed for the first time ever, but other looks sported the brand’s iconic frieze print and the silhouette remained slinky, sensual, and body-conscious. In effect, this collection expressed a new outlook while relying on familiar motifs. Call it Versace 2.0, if you will.
The longtime Versace client will find familiar comfort in strategically placed cutouts and asymmetrically tailored dresses cinched with enormous belts and paired with colorful thigh-high boots – which, on a side note, are set to be the boot of FW15. The puffer parka, which is also having a moment on the fall/winter runway, was worn as a flared, zipped-up dress by Lindsey Wixson. This same flare made for some of the brand’s most covetable looks of the season, creating a beautiful silhouette that was cinched at the waist. The pinstriped suit was presented as skirts and separates before being deconstructed and reconstructed into a gorgeous, asymmetrical blazer dress. The slightly-90s logo branding at the end of the show seemed to indicate a return to the Old Versace, but Donatella stayed true to her new outlook, covering cocktail dresses in crystals that were, this time around, super cool and covetable, dripping down and across the front of sheer tops and micro mini dresses. This Versace collection was one for the digital age, but Donatella was careful not to turn her back on her heritage and on what makes Versace, Versace.
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