Runway Review: Versace Spring 2015

Donatella never disappoints in delivering a collection that oozes that Italian  x-factor- a balance of sultry sophistication and high fashion edge- and SS15 was  no exception.  Sharp tailoring with unexpected asymmetric details, pieces accented with bold, perforated geometrics and oversized grommets, and plenty of mini skirts and midriff-baring cut outs and cropped tops.

The show started strong in black and white monochrome, working the brand’s signature Medusa and gold accents in of course, then turning to the pastel blues and pinks that have been showing up all over the runways.  From caged dresses, to pieces covered in peek-a-boo polka dots, to a few stand-out intricate laser-cut leather looks, the cut out was alive and well.  Asymmetric hemlines on mini skirts, jagged high-low hems on maxi skirts, and cross-over, cutaway necklines kept things daring and fresh.  The signature Versace prints showed up, but less so than usual and far more abstracted, feeling reimagined and of the moment.

When the show added cherry red to the palette things really began to pop, with strong lines and colorblocking that went from sheer to ultimate sparkle with a finale of crystal-encrusted, skin showing gowns and cocktail dresses and separates, paired with transparent Perspex heels.  The collection felt invigorated in it’s modern minimalism, proving sometimes less is more, even for the more is more Versace woman.

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.