The Versace fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presented earlier today on the Milan Fashion Week runway seemed to take much of its inspiration from the digital age we have entered, turning to the basics of coding and social media to pull together a show that would dazzle as well as leave an immense impression on the attendees and Versace fans alike. Donatella Versace, the artistic director of the Italian fashion brand named after its founding father Gianni Versace in 1978, loves to keep the label moving forward and keeps refining the way Versace fits into the world of fashion and overall society in the today and right now. Furthermore, it appeared that the detailing of the Versace couture fashion show collection from the Paris Couture Fashion Week has transferred on into this particular runway show as well and we could not be happier to see the curves and the cut-outs the way we fell in love with them before.
It was fun to see some of the digital age impressions on the pieces presented on the runway, including the use of “at” signs and hashtags on some of the evening dresses, rendered in sequins. The classic Versace key design was reworked as the emoji of the future while shownotes introduced the concept of “#Greek” to the audience watching the livestream and sitting in at the showing. The best part is that all the things that make Versace unique and that define the brand were present, from the glamorous stylish to the immense sex appeal, along with the big hair and the towering heels.
The reworked Grecian key design was especially interesting, appearing across the straps of the dresses, on the knitwear, the jacquard, even the bags and one particular pair of gloves. The evening dresses were short and sequined and had letters woven into their very fabric, Versace being spelled out when you put the pieces of the puzzle together. There were a few leather pieces with Versace emblazoned on them as well, including a pencil skirt cinched with a belt up at the waist and a bomber jacket with yellow detailing and a yellow turtleneck sweater underneath. Donatella Versace definitely loved adding slashes to many of her pieces as well, including a pantsuit with nothing underneath, giving way to a plunging V shaped neckline. Those slashes appeared on many a dress and many an ensemble with a pant piece to complete it.
The footwear intrigued us from the very beginning when the asymmetrical hemmed coatdress was walked out with thigh high red lacquer boots to really make the outfit pop and bring out the red slivers of the sweater worn underneath. The red was followed by a light greenish aqua coloring that complemented the sweater under the coat as well. The ankle strap kitten heel sandals might not have been as outlandish, but it was a nice fall back into normalcy, coming up in black and darker purple, classic red and even green. The normalcy can never last too long with Versace though as we were plunged into a world of Barbie colors, pink being a huge number and bright yellow also taking over the stage and leaving all that were watching complete and utterly mesmerized. We won’t lie; the embroidered calf length boots in different colors were probably some of the nicest pieces to be found among the Versace fall/winter 2015-2016 collection. At the end of the day, it will not be easy to put this Versace collection out of our minds over the next bit.
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK