While Versus' designs this season did not necessarily break the mold, they were reliably racy and provided the kind of wardrobe staples that cool girls around the world pack their closets with every season.
With Anthony Vaccarello now installed as the Creative Director of Saint Laurent, Donatella Versace has returned as the head designer of her younger sister label, Versus. Whereas Versace is overtly feminine and provocative, Versus has a more youthful bent and has been fertile ground for experimentation within the understood Versace aesthetic. For Spring/Summer 2017, Versace told the press that she was interested in a “bad girl who breaks the rules”, which is why the runway was mainly divided between rocker chicks, goth girls, and tomboys in military bombers and shredded denim.
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In keeping with the theme, a vampy Bella Hadid led the pack of biker girls, who appeared in a sea of leather jackets, brief body suits, biker vests, and bandeaus that were nothing more than buckles strapped to the chest. After the leather-clad mob stalked the catwalk, the mood took a turn toward the pragmatic, and khaki and military green looks appeared in the form of cropped bomber jackets worn with matching suede trousers, turtleneck dresses with sheer paneled accents, and leather uniforms with Versus name tags. From there, Versace included a range of athleisure looks that ran the gamut from mesh crop tops and gleaming joggers to color-blocked tennis dresses. Also in the mix were shredded denim separates and a variety of sparkling, sequined dresses with a sporty fit. While the designs themselves did not necessarily break the mold, they were reliably racy and provided the kind of wardrobe staples that cool girls around the world pack their closets with every season.
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