Saturday 22 September 2012

MFW | VERSACE Spring/Summer 2013


Lighter, looser, leggier - three descriptions to contrast with Donatella Versace’s more structured, grown-up, and polished collections of last year. “There is nothing under all those dresses!” she remarked backstage, as the girls were stripping off the few ounces of tie-dyed, featherweight washed silk they’d just been strutting on the runway at the Versace palazzo. “I didn’t use any of the usual construction that goes inside. I wanted to challenge myself to do fluidity and lightness, and to have the ability to change.” “Is it younger, too?” ventured a reporter, tentatively. “Yes. But I am getting younger!” Ms. Versace shot back, laughing. “Maybe it’s for a younger crowd. I stepped out of my comfort zone.”      


Well, this collection is certainly true to the original rock-chick vibe of the house of Versace though with less of the hyper-goth darkness of last season, and while she managed to show plenty of tawny skin, this wasn’t Donatella in bondage body-con mode, either. Instead, she’s turned out a collection that, in parts, might easily turn up at Coachella next summer: head-turning shorts and jeans with lace inserts; breezy, rumpled silk T-shirt dresses with billowy trumpet sleeves; pelmet skirts held together with Western cross-lacing. The cross-body bags would be perfect for hands-free dancing. Feasibly, a girl could crumple an entire Versace festival wardrobe all into a backpack and still having room for her beauty kit. She’d grab one of those elongated black leather blazers as an (almost) cover-up, jump on a plane, and be off.

Not that Ms. Versace neglected to satisfy her red-carpet constituency. Anyone who fancies channeling Cher next summer will be thrilled by the one-shoulder, heavily beaded peacock-blue number. Her long cutaway, flyaway silk dresses, secured to the body (just about) with leather Medusa-head-studded bandolier straps and metal-fringe belts had one young stylist sighing on the way out. “I used to work with Shakira,” she said. “I can just see her going mad for this.”

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photo Credit/Source: © VOGUE
Photography by © Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway
& © Gianni Pucci/IndigitalItalia


1 comment:

Shagun said...

Sexy fave are leather shorts with lace detail.Funky, boho style!!!

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