Ver­sace: Donatella’s thoughts on the his­toric rep­re­sen­ta­tion of her brother’s work

The inim­itable DONATELLA VER­SACE un­veils a moving trib­ute to her late brother with the spring/sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tion. In a can­did chat with the fash­ion leg­end, KIERAN HO dis­cusses the time­less na­ture of Gianni’s cre­ations, the power of so­cial me­dia and Do


IN SEPTEM­BER 2017, Donatella Ver­sace staged a show that would bring the usu­ally blasé fash­ion crowd to a stand­ing ova­tion and move them to tears. It wasn’t easy to tell be­hind each ed­i­tor’s pair of over­sized glasses, but be­lieve me, they were cry­ing. The spring/sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tion marked the 20th an­niver­sary of her beloved brother’s tragic mur­der as well as the brand’s 40th year in busi­ness. Such a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion called for noth­ing short of a trib­ute to the genius of the late Gianni Ver­sace.

The show opened with a spo­ken sound­track – and a cel­e­bra­tion is ex­actly what was de­liv­ered. Clas­sics from the Ver­sace ar­chive were re­vis­ited and pre­sented in the mod­ern day. De­spite the de­signs be­ing decades old, none of it seemed out of place in the year 2018. The Ver­sace aes­thetic some­how man­ages to tran­scend trends and time, and the only thing that’s changed about the pre­sen­ta­tion is the girls. The Trib­ute col­lec­tion was pre­sented by In­sta-fa­mous mod­els such as Kaia Ger­ber (daugh­ter of the le­gendary su­per­model Cindy Craw­ford),

Gigi and Bella Ha­did, Ken­dall Jen­ner and so on.

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