Versus Versace presented their 2016 ready-to-wear line for the second day of London Fashion Week. With both men and women cast, there was a definite air of androgyny to the collection. Feminine silhouettes were created with masculinity, and masculine silhouettes with femininity, but there was a clear line between the two. The female models sported strong looks in varying styles of dresses and feminine pantsuits, while the men modeled slightly grungy versions of classic suits. As always, the creative director of the brand, Anthony Vaccarello dazzled the audience with his modern, sleek and sexy designs featuring his signature cut-outs, slits and iconic black coloring.
The Versus Versace spring 2016 collection featured mostly dark navy and black colors, with no lightness that usually accompanies the season. The only suspension this trend was for light blue denim, a white macro-leopard print, and a mute-toned floral print. Even the floral print, however, was based around the dark navy, not really allowing for a lightness to protrude. A theme of the collection seems to be the idea of “half.” Many of the evening’s looks featured half of a piece of outerwear or half of one garment and half of another. One look was featured with half of a long flowing dress in the white leopard print on the model’s right side, with the left half being a long-sleeved, short black dress. The look immediately following this one was one, where the model displayed half of a classic suit jacket, over black short shorts and a new take on a bralette top with metal accents. This idea is suggested through the entirety of the collection and is an interesting take on the difference between professional and casual apparel.
Versus Versace’s spring jackets, featured on male models, are a lovely take on a staple spring piece. Most of those produced for the collection were in the abstract floral print, and appeared to be in a thin, perfect-for-spring fabric. Trending for spring in 2016, as displayed in this collection, is also jumpsuits. While the piece in and of itself is versatile across seasons, Anthony Vaccarello showcased the distinct warm-weather lightness.
If there’s one word to describe the Versus Versace spring 2016 collection, it would be strong. With the colors protruding strength, alongside the straight-cut silhouettes, both men and women on the runway embodied powerful personas with a hint of flair and drama dashed on top. Versus also presented a number of long dresses, in both the floral print and in solid black, to finish off the show. Each piece had a simple shape, but was unique in the way each flowed. While the dresses had a wonderfully glamorous runway appeal, a few of the dresses were presented with slits high enough to make the ready-to-wear aspect questionable. While the dresses looked great on the models, and would definitely look great on many clients, these dresses would be very difficult to pull off without alterations.
One of the final dresses, however, caught my eye for its simplicity and impeccable execution. That dress was the simple, black number with short sleeves and a boat neck top, with a slit of a reasonable length. Despite the simplicity, this was one of the best standout pieces of the show, and I would love to have one for myself.
The diffusion line of the original Versace brand is showing its dominance in today’s fashion market, displaying new ideas with no signs of running out anytime soon.
Photos courtesy of Vogue