Forget Facetune and Filters – At Versace, It’s Imperfection That Rules

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Imperfection is not a word that comes immediately to mind when thinking about Versace, especially since the house trades in so many prints that call for precision in their rendering. But Donatella Versace is sick of perfection. All of those FaceTuned faces on Instagram and perfectly lit spirulina lattes have stopped looking enviable or aspirational because they stopped looking real. For Fall/Winter 2019, she took the idea of perfection and roughed it up with grunge elements, clashing colors, and déshabillé unfinished finishes.

Speaking of clashing colors, a palette of chartreuse, muted orange, gold, tobacco, and burnt henna doesn’t sound all that appealing. In fact, it sounds like a downright mess. But in Versace’s capable hands, it’s the backbone to one of her most gorgeous collections in recent memory. There was a sense of sophistication to her off-kilter combinations, which saw an acid-green silk dress paired with a balayage-brown fur coat, worn over amber colored, textured lace tights and crimson shoes encrusted with gold hardware. The bag? Robin’s egg blue. It was fantastic; almost psychedelic. She paired chartreuse trousers with a peach duster, and worn underneath was a grey top and a salmon-colored halter-bustier hybrid.

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Experimentation yielded a tremendously fun-to-look at collection, but what’s more is, you can really imagine yourself wearing these clothes. They aren’t too body-conscious and racy, which is a shock coming from Versace. After an acid-trip of looks that collaged together tactile textures, wild colors, maximal prints, and oversized silhouettes, she sent the Insta-girls out in some stunning black looks.

What a perfect way to end a show, despite its focus on imperfections.

Kendall Jenner was in a cut-out blazer and leggings combination that oozed glamour, while Bella Hadid followed right after in a similar look topped with a plush, cropped leather jacket. From that moment forward, Versace gave way to sensuality with strappy dresses and goddess gowns. At the finale, a supermodel moment we’ve been waiting so long for sizzled down the catwalk. At the age of 50, Stephanie Seymour – one of the original supers – closed the show clad in a sparkling black gown with a buckled bustier neckline. What a perfect way to end a show, despite its focus on imperfections.

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