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.