Versace – Pre Spring Summer 2016 Ready To Wear
It might not have been a Versace first, but it definitely qualified as news today that the main shoe in the house’s Resort collection was a plastic pool slide. Let’s put it this way: It’s not a Donatella shoe, although a company rep did report that she took the flatform version of the shoe out for a spin at home in Milan. The rest of the collection found Versace revisiting familiar terrain—acid colors, body-con fabrics, ultrashort lengths—in some refreshing new ways. Playful was the name of the game here. Emojis were woven into the body-con knits. A strong athletic theme coursed through the collection, in everything from a nylon tracksuit with Versace’s signature Greek key motif detailing to hourglass dresses with sports uniform color-blocking. Even the lingerie-influenced pieces retained a fairly innocent allure, thanks to the poppy shades of orange and pink they were shown in. Versace also experimented with blush—”the new white,” she’s calling it—but it didn’t resonate the way the brights did. What really set the collection apart from the take-no-prisoners tenor of most of her runway shows was a vivid floral print that she used for flippy, pleated slipdresses and one pair of positively epic high-waisted bell-bottoms. Now those are something we’d love to see DV in.