IT only seems right that with crystal razzle dazzle on sassy little dresses and slits and slashes on uniform black (little skirts, long skirts), that Versace – the most high voltage and high octane of all the Italian labels – show on a Friday night. These are clothes that are made to go out in. They demand attention and Donatella wants us to sit up and take note this season. Versace is, so she told us, stripped back, bold, sexy and fresh.
How? For one thing, there was less black and obvious hardware aggression than we’re used to seeing – though rivets and buckles and studs came in the plenty. But what they came with was the key – bright and colourful optic prints of the house’s Medusa motif and signature chains. Depicted on little shifts, they had Sixties appeal and so inherently had a more youthful feel. And this was a sentiment that Donatella seemed keen to embrace.
“This is about a fresh new Versace, one that is contemporary, clean and strong. It is the way women wear Versace now, and in the future,” she said.
How else do – or will – Versace women sport their wares? Add to the shimmering series of crystallised numbers (which boasted sheer inserts among their glistening skirts) sporty knits and asymmetric blocks of bold clashing colour (green and red, pink and red), jackets with severity sewn into their seams and lots of dinky midriff-baring crop tops and you have it made.
It had the hallmarks we wanted (it’s just not a Versace show without the bling and the sexy little dresses), but just as DV promised it came with something new too.

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