Versace’s Virtuosity and Vibrant Dreams
Versace is that one fashion house name that every fashionista out there dreams about. No matter if you drink your latte macchiato in a minimalist future forward coffee shop in New York or eating your croissant in a French bakery, you must already know that Versace forever engraved its name on the fashion industry honorary walls.
The Versace Pre-Fall 2019-2020 Collection was presented in one of the most iconic sites from New York: the New York Stock Exchange Building. I personally feel that this place was very wisely chosen by the Versace team. It is a mixture between old and timeless history while still sneaking a glance across the future’s horizon. And this was the leitmotif of the entire show, as you are going to find out.
I find it also symbolic that the show was held in an economy related place, as the iconic brand was bought in September 2018, by Michael Kors, for a quivering amount of money ($2.1 billion dollars).
Donatella Versace, who, after her brother died, took over the creative concept of the house, envisioned a catwalk dedicated to women empowerment and to women supporting other women. As a symbol of her vision stood a golden torch—a replica of the one held by the one and only Statue of Liberty.
Besides these details about the brand’s future and meaning behind this collection, an emotional proof of commitment and dedication was shown by Donatella, as everything that took place was to honor the birthday of her late brother, the iconic Gianni Versace. Over that weekend he would have had 72 years old, so, as you may have already guessed, this collection had to incorporate some of the brand’s most representative pieces ever made by Gianni.
Of course, this is not the first contemporary Versace collection which shows archive designs, as the last Versace runaway looks also reminisced of the golden ages of the ‘90s (which, by the way, created tsunami like waves amongst fashion enthusiasts).
1. Iconic Pin Dress
One of the most emblematic looks out of the entire collection, a design that can actually make fashionistas’ hearts skip a beat, is the forever recognizable black pin dress. Elizabeth Hurley (one of my most adored beauty icons) wore this dress in the 1994 for the premiere of the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral”.
2. 2000’s Glam
Another piece that brought the nostalgia for every attendee, was the plunging neck line, deep-V décolletage dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in 2000. It was a reinterpretation of that dress, as the patterns used this time around consisted in an agglomeration of colorful hearts.
3. Black and Gold Concoction
Of course, the signature pattern of the house of Versace, the golden hues of richness combined with deep mystical touches of black paired with the Medusa Versace symbol graced the catwalk. Needless to say that, contrary to the effect of petrification brought by the myth of Medusa, the participants were mesmerized by the warmth and emotions evoked through this collection.
4. Big City Jungle
*No animal was hurt during the design of these pieces* should have been a disclaimer presented after the show, as there was a parade of animal symbols during a section of the Versace Pre-Fall collection. There were zebra stripes combined with stars and also giraffe inspired black and white pattern mixed in with long coats.
5. Color Outburst
The looks varied from sand colored satin dress following the lines of the body, to the animal print power suit worn by a boss lady (turning again our attention to the theme of the collection-women empowerment and New York power jungle), to the vibrantly colored silk head scarves combined with boldly patterned coats and dresses.
The house of Versace has always fascinated me because of its unique designs which, occasion after occasion, created an ode to the beauty of women. It was always a display of the imagination of the two brilliantly talented minds, Gianni and Donatella, who structured their creative views within these designs that will forever entice the eye of a fashion lover.