If you woke up today and your entire Instagram feed wasn’t Jennifer Lopez swanning down the Versace Spring/Summer 2020 catwalk, are you even a fashion girl? It’s all anyone could talk – or post – about. The moment was completely intended to maximize viral potential at a house that has been making a huge splash in recent years with increasingly viral moments, and boy did it work.
The past seasons have seen Versace cashing the checks that nostalgia wrote, and you won’t find anyone who is mad about it. From major supermodel reunions and the comeback of veteran models like Stephanie Seymour to rebooting Cher Horowitz’s iconic yellow plaid ensemble from Clueless, Versace’s choice to remind us of such moments has been a smart one. In a way, these moments overshadow the collections, but they also make the name “Versace” stick in the mind of the consumer.
At Spring/Summer 2020, after Google Assistant called up images of Lopez in ‘that’ jaw-dropping dress from the 2000 Grammy Awards, the real-life version emerged. How is it that 20 years later, at the age of 50, she looks even better now than she did back then? The audience was breathless. Here she was in the flesh – and there was a lot of flesh to behold because the rebooted version of the jungle print dress was even more revealing than the original – and she was spectacular. Quick, get your phone out!
Here’s some fashion trivia for you: did you know Lopez almost didn’t wear ‘that’ dress to the 2000 Grammys? Her stylist had pulled a simpler white dress for her, but her manager Benny Medina took one look at Versace’s design and decided on the spot that she would wear it. If it hadn’t been for Medina, we wouldn’t have been served this moment, and Google Images might never have existed – true story.
The collection was great, but that moment was greater.
Back to the collection we head because that’s why every lucky soul was gathered in that room in the first place. Obviously, the rebooted jungle print was the main star of the proceedings, showing up on dresses, shorts, and jackets alike, but we were also quite taken with the bulky-sleeved silhouette that was presented. Inspired by the 1980s, huge shoulders are very of-the-moment in fashion right now. There were also plenty of looks with small articulated cups clasping at the bosom and lots of tie-dye in the mix – including a tie-dyed suit!
At this point, we’re doing our due diligence to talk about the collection at large, but really, we can’t erase the loop of Jennifer Lopez replaying history, lifting up the skirt so that it caught the wind as she passed by gawking onlookers. Can you blame us? The collection was great, but that moment was greater.