Runway Report: Versace SS16

For Spring 2016, Donatella Versace was inspired by the notion of an urban warrior, “A woman – not a girl” who is “fearless, a fighter, nothing gets her down”. Versace said that the show had a message of female empowerment, expressed by the lyrics of the song on its pounding soundtrack – Transition by Underground Resistance – which spoke of finding strength, ignoring doubters and taking risks.

Models wore a military palette of khaki, olive and brown. Versace said she had been drawn to khaki “because it’s not flashy,” but she also created a traffic-stopping twist on camouflage with leopard-print swirls in hot orange, burgundy, brown, neon yellow, acid green and white.

Jackets were cut to gently hug the body, trousers were wider and skirts were longer (albeit with a high slit), indicative of Versace’s new focus on daywear. Waist definition was key, as was the military jacket – be it a bomber, blazer or blouson.

Donatella said this collection was for “a woman who wants to be noticed – but for her beautiful tailoring rather than her flashy style”. However, this season more than ever before, even if you called her flashy, she’d certainly fight back.

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