At times of increasing uncertainty, political and social, it feels comforting to cling to what is known. Yet not even Donatella is clinging for safety for her daring yet typical European slutty cuts, Donatella Versace this season paid homage to the “elegance, sophistication and drama of today’s woman” with one of her most ladylike collections to date. Replete with duchess satin folds and pleats, the collection gave a nod to the 1950s while gowns in various shades of pastels, slashed up to the thigh or down to navel. The collection delivered the signature Versace sex appeal that we knew was coming.
There was no shortage of star power on the runway either, with everyone from Karen Elson to Irina Shayk all walking in the show. The real ‘wow’ moment ashamed to say belonged to the always talked about, Bella Hadid in a lipstick red fitted number with a blue fish tail backing.
It is with thought perhaps the change stemmed from a need to broaden her customer base? Whatever the reason, the show was bursting with beauty and sophistication that will have her private clients — including some new ones — reaching for their black Amex.
In place of laced-up leather mini-dresses and barely there mesh pieces were wool trench coats with satin lining, and gowns with pleated swathes of fabric sweeping from the hip. Trouser ensembles had similar treatment, with tops and bustiers featuring folds of fabric cascading from the waist, or tailored jackets that sat off the shoulder with origami belts.
But.. there was mini-dresses, too, and thigh-high splits aplenty, but these looks were more distracting by their design and handiwork rather than for visible flesh. At times the collection was almost a bit 1950s sensibility, reminiscent of the so-called golden age of haute couture.
Who could you see wearing Versace this red carpet season?
— Elizabeth Paton (@LizziePaton) July 3, 2016