Runway Review: Versus Versace

When Italian royalty, Donatella Versace, and Anthony Vaccarello, a Belgian of Italian descent, announced their collaboration on a new capsule collection for Spring 2015, the fashion world went into a wicked state of delirium.  The highly anticipated collection promised to not only have that familiar rock attitude, but also a sense of liberty, youthfulness, and accessibility.  And that’s precisely what we saw on the runway at NYFW.

This entire collection was leather, short, tailored, and in black, white, with occasional gold details. Once the music turned up and the lights came down, the models marched to the beat with an unforeseen confidence, and thunderous sex appeal.  References were made to the legendary Versace body-con, safety-pin gown, made famous by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994.  This time the safety-pin dresses were mini with one-sleeve or halter versions – all equally stimulating.   Accessories were clearly very important for Versus, so in a slightly foreseeable fashion, the label’s lion icon was an underlying motif in both styling and pattern making.

This presentation also marked the first shoppable runway collection for both brands, where consumers can stream the live runway presentation and proceed to purchase any items shown.  “It’s totally digital. It’s out there on the Internet, and it’s digital in the sense of ‘I see it, I want it now.’ The newest thing about all of this is you can wear it tomorrow, “ Donatella explains.

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