FR ESH SPIN Donatella Versace showed a collection that was contemporary and strong, yet incredibly sexy. By Cai Mei Khoo.
Simplicity and minimalist are probably not terms used to describe a Versace collection but for Spring/Summer ’15, that’s exactly what Donatella Versace sent slinking down the runway. The opening looks in a monochromatic palette had a sporty vibe; black jackets were worn over cropped tops and matched with either skirts or loose tailored trousers that had the House’s distinctive Greek key running along the waistband, looking almost like logo-ed boxers peekingpeek out from underneath.unde Oversized topstitchingtops in white leatherleat that lined theth edges added v visual interest a and were the only other details on this delightfully refreshing, strippedd back collection.
However, this being Versace, minimal didn’t necessarily mean staid. There was still plenty of skin on show: cropped tops showed plenty of defined torsos, while ankle-length skirts were slash slashed high up the thigh on one side to show a flash of leg – definite street style fodder, worn easily with a pair o of white high-tops.
Li Lightness in the collection was introduced by way of spor sporty mesh, laser-cut leather in circular interlocking ring m motifs that mimicked the metal grommet rings found i in other looks. The new Versace, after all, was pared do down, sexy, and fresh. Sunglasses, Versace Necklace, Versace
Breaking up the simplicity of the collection were bold, fresh prints – a remix of House codes such as the Medusa head and the Greek key with prints of rings and abstracted optics. This new Versace print covered shirts and shift dresses that had panels of sheer mesh around the waist, giving the illusion that the wearer was in a top and skirt instead of a dress.
For evening, Donatella chose to rework a Versace favourite – crystal mesh, which some dresses were created entirely out of. Colour blocking was key for evening, with bands of crystal mesh in a contrasting colour running asymmetrically across the body. This design feature was actually a clever way of using the lines of an exploded Greek key. Sheer mesh inlays continued in these cocktail dresses; Heels, Versace
showing slivers of skin across the upper thighs, around the torso, and back, they whispered of a subtle sexiness that’s still very much a Versace signature. “This is about a fresh new Versace, one that is contemporary, clean, and strong,” said Donatella. “It is the way women wear Versace now, and in the future.” L.Palazzo bag, Versace Bracelet, Versace
Prints were a remix of Versace’s design codes