BAGS OF CON­FI­DENCE

JAN­ICE JANN de­scribes the sen­sa­tion of wear­ing the Ver­sace DV One Bag

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IT TAKES CON­FI­DENCE – a whole lot of it – to be able to take the de­sign reins of your brother’s fash­ion em­pire less than three months af­ter his tragic death and trans­form it into the global brand that it is to­day. It takes con­fi­dence to be able to look your per­sonal demons in the eye and ad­mit to the judg­men­tal world that you are in need of help, and en­rol for re­hab. It takes con­fi­dence to fo­cus on build­ing up your busi­ness in China and Rus­sia years be­fore the rest of the lux­u­ries in­dus­try caught on about those bur­geon­ing mar­kets. But Donatella Ver­sace has con­fi­dence in spades.

When a woman that con­fi­dent takes one of the dis­tin­guish­ing traits of her per­son­al­ity and in­stils it in a hand­bag de­sign, what ex­actly does the ex­pres­sion of that trait look like? It looks like the DV One Bag from the au­tumn/ win­ter 2017 Ver­sace col­lec­tion. The bag comes to us straight off the cat­walk, branded with the artis­tic di­rec­tor’s ini­tials.

A mod­ern take on the struc­tured frame bag, the DV One Bag proves that one has no need to shout loud­est to make the bold­est state­ment. The base is ex­pertly crafted from pre­cious box calf and the lin­ing has a but­tery feel, be­ing lamb leather. The bag comes in three sizes and the choice of tex­tures, colours and de­tail­ing are wide.

The bag sig­nals the dis­tinc­tive per­son­al­ity of each woman whose shoul­der it is slung from, whether she’s in­clined to­ward the clas­si­cal, the mod­ern or the funky. The dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures – the at­ten­tion to fine de­tail, such as the slim red trim, a splash of bright yel­low or or­ange on the pleated sides – give the bag a time­less­ness and speci­ficity of its own, leav­ing each to ra­di­ate uni­ver­sal ap­peal.

The bag pays homage to the eter­nal sym­bol of Ver­sace. The brand’s iconic head of Me­dusa sits proudly in the cen­tre of the metal­lic clasp shaped like the Pan­theon in Rome. But some­thing is dif­fer­ent about the place­ment of the sym­bol on this item, which is dis­tin­guished by its sub­tlety from the rather loud-and-out-there fea­tures Ver­sace col­lec­tions are known for.

For those long­ing for some­thing oth­ers are less likely to have, Ver­sace offers ver­sions of the DV One Bag made of croc­o­dile skin or dec­o­rated with flo­ral de­signs in relief.

Donatella Ver­sace set Jen­nifer Lopez’s ca­reer ablaze when the singer graced the red car­pet at the Grammy Awards Cer­e­mony in 2000 wear­ing the iconic Ver­sace jun­gle-green silk chif­fon gown with the plung­ing neck­line. One can only won­der which Ver­sace power muse – from a sta­ble that in­cludes Lopez and Lady Gaga, Madonna and Demi Moore – will have the DV One Bag slung from her shoul­der this au­tumn.

“I love the DV One. It is the bag for women who know their own power, who have con­fi­dence in their strength, who com­pro­mise for no-one,” says Ver­sace. As a woman that has done so well, whether at work or at play, Donatella Ver­sace speaks with greater au­thor­ity than any other.

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