This year marks the 20th anniversary of the brutal murder of Gianni Versace in broad daylight at his Miami Beach home. With his namesake Spring 2018 RTW Versace collection, his sister Donatella paid tribute to Gianni as “a genius . . . an icon . . . my brother.” And while it could have been a somber moment, it was anything but. The vibe was upbeat – a celebration of his life and the best creative contributions of the late designer.
Donatella looked to the famous Versace print to develop this collection, creating capsule collections from Gianni’s most iconic collections: Vogue, My Friend Elton, Warhol, Baroque, Native Americans, Animalia, and Tresor de la Mer. Original pieces were reinterpreted in new, updated cuts. A few silhouettes were kept like squared shoulders and the high waisted jean.
Some of the most intriguing pieces were the minimalist bustiers with faux scoop bras as well as a trend we’ve been seeing on this season’s runways – the twist top paired with a squared shoulder on a slinky stretch velvet dress. Oh give me something cute and comfy any day, girl.
Other looks were definitely exciting in their own way. Denim cropped jackets went with baroque caged mini dresses in animal print. A denim shirt paired with a baroque print maxi skirt with a structured lace underpinning. A blue/gold print bodysuit edged with lace is covered with a robe dress printed with a Native American in full head dress that I’m pretty sure is going to cause issue that wouldn’t have garnered public outcry in the 90’s like it will today. Knowingly stepping into it, Donatella? Or accidental? I mean, now society is even debating appropriation for profit v. honoring a culture. So printing an actual Native American on your clothes is basically diving head first over the line with the public.
And there were leggings for daaaayyyys, as well as some fabulous petal shaped bustier tops, and a little bit of swimwear to look forward to. A few final looks invoked our favorite Like a Prayer Madonna moments with suit jacket mini dresses decked in Spanish crosses with over the knee boots embellished in the same style.
The show ended in epic social media takeover fashion. Donatella walked the runway flanked arm in arm with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Helena Christensen, all decked out in dripping gold chainmail mesh dresses. The song? George Michael’s “Freedom! 1990.