Versus Versace may have been a gift from Gianni Versace to his sister Donatella, but the real gift regarding this new line is the clothes that result from it. Fashion followers are constantly being gifted these strong, innovative clothes each time a new season’s collection is released. Donatella is in charge of the brand, yet she appoints creative directors who have full control over what is produced. For creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s Versus Versace fall 2016 ready-to-wear men’s and women’s collection, we were given the same DV experience. The presentation itself was a small event, available by appointment only, and was located in the brand’s showroom in Milan. The clothes were still exceedingly commercial, sacrificing a little bit of creativity for wearability, which was neither a good nor a bad trait.
Garments were sporty and made for a more urban crowd, which was a switch from Vaccarello’s generally sexy design approach. The urban sportiness was achieved via military inspirations, with clothes that seemed fit for either gender. Patches, asymmetry, camouflage, and metal buttons (with the brand’s lion head mascot on them, of course!) were some glaring references of this, and the unisex additions added to the utility that also goes along with it.
As such, the clothes were rather casual for the most part, only breaking away for one mini dress. It had one sleeve and one strap on each shoulder, and still was more casual than dressy, but it was a break away from the standard for the collection. It had a sort of rocker vibe to it, which was also present in many other garments throughout the line. Many of the military-inspired pieces were actually also inspired by rock ‘n’ roll. Regardless of what exactly the inspiration was, it was definitely edgy.
And even though Vaccarello ebbed from his signature sex appeal, the clothes could still easily be described as sexy. Adding in the sporty edge, it became tough, which contributed to the line’s sexiness without being glaring, and so the designer was able to keep his stamp on the collection.
The way the clothes were presented in its photoshoot, sometimes with two models in one shot and sometimes only one model, made for an interesting experience. It made things feel just a little bit more authentic, in that you could see how the clothes could work while surrounded by other stylish people, as well as how strong the ensembles are when featured alone.
Some of the best looks in the Versus Versace fall 2016 line were its miniskirts. A studded, checkered skirt was especially striking due to its innovation, while a red camo one had a striking semblance to the military inspiration. The clothes were clearly intended for a younger crowd, especially with its urban sport appeal, so everything that was included into the line could have made or broken this intended demographic. But naturally, Versus pulled its weight and created a look perfect for the modern woman, and will no doubt look striking on the streets come fall.
Photos courtesy of Vogue