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Versace

Fall 2020 Ready to Wear

Pictures by Versace

YOUTH OUTREACH

A Generation X of Versace Fanatics

The age of inclusivity has reached Milan by way of the Versace runway, as the brand combined their men’s and women’s collections for the first time for their Fall 2020 Ready to Wear show. A giant LED screen lit up the back of the runway, displaying floating images of creative director Donatella Versace, swirling kinetic lines, the label’s Medusa icon, and the show’s own audience as they waited for the production to begin, much to the delight and dismay of many.

There was a youthful air about the collection as hemlines were kept short and flared as one might find a schoolgirl uniform. Collegiate rugby striped sweaters were sliced and diced and worn over white button-down shirts on Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. Quilted bomber jackets were layered over hooded sweatshirts and paired with cross body bags. Of course, this being Versace, there was an overall sex appeal throughout the collection, despite the heavy hand on daywear, a departure from the usual parade of show-stopping, skin-baring gowns. Structured little black dresses and suit separates were worn with oversized black sunnies and leather jackets. Long dresses were relatively modest by Versace standards, including a black dress with slashes held together by rings and peeps of silver chainmail peeking out, worn by Irina Shayk. The chainmail continued to a collection of micro-mini dresses, including one with glittering green strips and two silver options, with Jenner closing the show in a structured disco ball dress.

The collection was a slightly confused showcase, segueing from collegiate to 70’s disco flower prints, to structured tailoring, to striped denim and sexy mini dresses. Men’s and women’s designs complemented each other in style and material, including delicious matching hot pink pin-striped suits, but the themes were somewhat muddled. Is this a new, relaxed Versace? Is the brand reaching out to a younger audience? Both would be smart strategies as we eagerly await next season.

Written by Elizabeth Kramsky