Versace rocks Milan Fashion Week
Not even the Topless feminists who clashed with police as they protested against the use of anorexic models outside the Versace fashion show, were able to ruin the show at Milan Fashion Week.
There are specific things that make a classic Versace show. A killer curve and the glint of metal mesh are to the Versace look as apple is to rhubarb. Sure, you can enjoy one without the other but, together they are mind blowing.
By those criteria, Donatella Versace’s AW12 collection was a feast.
The collection kicked off with gothic black carved into an hour glass silhouette, decorated with jewelled Byzantine crosses, fishnet boots, a thumping soundtrack and a don’t-mess-with-me-attitude. It closed with a collection of dresses that explored the outer limits of body conscious potential in metal mesh.
I have never seen anyone ‘own’ chain mail quite like Versace did.
In the tented venue in Milan, built on the back garden of the famous Palazzo Versace,Donatella Versace consolidated her position with a collection that put an end to any lingering sense that a pastel colored, romantic escapist fantasy is where the future of fashion lies.
Embracing a dark edge, Versace matched form-fitting designs with leather gloves and severe hair. Adding to the glamazon looks were heeled boots made of more mesh that ended at the knee. The Versace logo was even incorporated on a few pieces in the form of bold, graphic lettering.
Models with cropped fringes, a high heeled strut and hollow eyed make up channeled the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in sweaters embroidered or stamped with crosses over flippy skirts.
Corseted sheaths were shaped into hip exaggerating curves with chrome fins. And hourglass tailored coats clung to the body on corseted waists.
So, what did she do for the finale? A gown of pure silver chains and metallic fabric, of course!