Versace took the spotlight at Milan Fashion Week Friday to present a collection full of spectacular pieces…with wide variety! Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Or zippers, pastels, flowers, and biker-tees…oh…my! It wasn’t a perfect collection, but was full of looks that proved the Versace spirit is still very much alive and well.
So let’s start with my absolutely favorite pieces of the collection, these beautiful bouquets of flowers!
It’s like Donatella crawled around picking up a floral print off the cutting room floor of an Erdem showroom (in a good way). It’s not something I would’ve expected out of Versace this season, but these (to me) are definitely the strongest looks of the collection. They do what Versace does best, and take a romantic look and flip it upside down to have a whole lot of attitude. Bravo! And I love those shoes!
Another look that is very classic Versace are the exposed zippers in these black numbers:
We’ve seen Versace do this before. It worked then and it works now. I really love when Versace goes all rock-girl on us!
I don’t love when they go all rock girl in pastels however…
These are strange. The belly chain works for me in the black exposed zipper looks but is a major flop for me here. In theory I like the idea of pastels with a dark twist but I just don’t think this is the most effective way to do it. And I think they definitely should have paired these dresses with the black platforms you see with the above looks. The shoes and the dresses are way too matchy matchy for my taste.
Versace did get pastels right though in these looks that darken them up without the excess chain-baggage.
These are styled to perfection with the chunky black heals and large buckled, black belts. Where they aimed (and missed) in the pastels with chains, they hit right on the head with these. But, hey it’s a trial and error process sometimes and better to try, fail, try again, and get it right…than to never try at all. (As cheesy as that sounds it is really true!)
Denim also played a large role in this collection in a range of looks that I really did like a lot. I even like the controversial chain in the center look. It works really well in this case.
And last but not least, let’s just gander at these really amazing t-shirts. These gals are ready to jump on the back of a Harley motorcycle and ride into the sunset. The lace detailing on the pants is one of my favorite looks of the whole collection. I wish we saw that done more because it has a really cool effect, like high fashion faux tattoos.
Overall, while the collection did hit a few speed bumps, it was classic good Versace fun. And who doesn’t love that?
Let me know where you weigh in on the great belly-chain debate (I don’t know why I keep calling them belly chains as they adorn many other body parts than the belly). I’m curious to know if you think pastels and chains are a good mix.
All photos credited to Vogue.