Donatella Versace celebrated women in the latest Versace spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection showcased at Milan Fashion Week. Her designs took a wild turn, incorporating a bold camouflage and new takes on classic daywear fads. “It was made for International Women’s Day,” the designer said of her collection. And her inspiration really showed through as her clothes projected the strength and power the everyday woman should have.
She began her collection with crisply tailored mini dresses, with her second look being a sleeveless suit-coat inspired dress that was absolutely to die for. With each model featured with emphasized cheekbones and professional handbags, Donatella reinvented the image of a woman in the business world. Her collection continued on this trend, with a progression of volume in the sleeves paired with the tailoring her first pieces displayed.
Then suddenly the camo hit, and everything changed. Not only were the models strong and powerful, they were also fierce and with a clear wild side to polish things off. Her first green camo dress ebbed a bit on the clubwear side, with the short hem with extending pockets, deep V-neck, and thick straps, while the second ensemble was a suit, covering the model from the neck down in layers featuring the print. This contrast shows that women don’t have to have one side to themselves. They should be free to show every side of themselves without the fear of judgment.
Even though the Versace spring 2016 collection was absolutely crazy (in a fabulous way), the pieces shown were distinctly wearable, and would look great in any fashion-coherent woman’s wardrobe. Her second major print featured long streaks of green, purple, with it first showing up on a clean jacket over a purple bandeau top and paired with shorts of the same pattern. This look is perfect for the runway, especially with a theme like this, but may look strange on the streets. But if you look at both pieces individually, the possibilities could be endless. Each piece could be dressed up or down, creating professional or casual looks. The ultimately the show-stopping element to this collection is that once you deconstruct the quirky pairings, each piece would make for stunning daywear.
Donatella’s patterns continued to become more intricate and wilder as the show progressed, adding on to one another and becoming more and kookier, to say the least. You can definitely say that Versace knows what she’s doing when it comes to fashion. She has her set aesthetic, and won’t be scared off by what is going out of trend.
Now, I’m not usually one to like snakeskin, but one of my favorite pieces of the evening was her short, red, snakeskin cocktail dress. Something about it seemed so witty. Almost as if she couldn’t choose between two necklines, so she decided to go with both. The fabric shined as it was powered down the runway, and the model looked killer in it – apparently Versace can make even the likes of me consider wearing a snakeskin dress.
The Versace spring/summer 2016 collection had a raw-edged wild feeling, with a side of class, sophistication, menswear, and everything in between. There are so many sides to women that should be celebrated, and Versace clearly took on the challenge of showing as many as she could. When looking at the pieces side by side, there’s no good way to decide what to talk about first. There are so many voices presented in the garments, and so many perspectives to discuss that it makes even writing an article hard. Donatella gave the women of the world what they wanted and what they deserved in her collection, and any woman who sports her designs for the 2016 season is guaranteed to look fabulous and fierce.
Photos courtesy of Vogue