I'M CLOCKIN' YA, VERSACE SHADES WATCHIN' YA... October 19 2017
...Raps the late great Biggie Smalls on One More Chance, a verbal time capsule transporting us back to the original age of logomania, where the gaudy, gold and outlandish reigned supreme.
For the most celebrated show of SS18, Donatella Versace revived iconic 90s era archive collections, in a jaw-dropping homage to her late brother Gianni on the 20th anniversary of his tragic death. Standout looks included head-to-toe theatrical house prints revised into updated silhouettes. Swoon-inducing reinterpretations of Warhol, Animalia and our champion, Baroque, all featured. A side of feminine body-con with signature slits and slashes, along with dashes of opulent gold completed a recipe for perfection.
A crowd-pleasing finale unleashed Gianni’s original supermodels, draped in goddess-worthy metallic creations, led by Donatella herself.
Minds were blown.
The show, and its accompanying rapturous reaction, served as a reminder of not only Versace’s game-changing influence upon fashion and pop culture, but also its enduring relevance. Considered controversial during the 90s, for his divisive designs (many found the brand-brandishing and flesh-flashing a step too vulgar), it’s interesting how fresh and appealing the Versace aesthetic is two decades on.
“I don’t believe in good taste,” Gianni once provocatively proclaimed. If by ‘good taste’ he meant the sartorial safety net of normcore neutrals - the antithesis of his vision - then nor do we...