2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s shocking death, murdered on the beach of Miami, his sister, Donatella took the fashion house by the horns and continued its success season after season in true Versace fashion.
So this year, as a mark of her brother’s life, Donatella chose to pull the SS18 collection directly from the archives. The nineties are forever prevalent in the current climate, the last few seasons have seen the decade make a comeback as if Baywatch and Blossom were still airing daily over teatime, much like our current collection! (Check out the lookbook for ‘1990' here.) And so she chose to showcase iconic pieces from years ’91 to ’95 to relive the movement, to 'celebrate a genius… an icon’.
Celebrating Gianni's life and his leanings towards feminism sees Versace meet the public’s eye and so his work's ‘eternal relevance’ today is eternally relevant. We love this ultimate throwback to what Versace do best...
When you think of Versace, the collections of the nineties is probably exactly what you’re imagining. Iconic and gaudy, historic, illustrative prints reminiscent of Italian renaissance. Baroque golds mimicking animal prints from crocodiles to leopards, typically VERY Versace. Forever playful and a little bit daring, the runway saw pretty blouses teamed with black leather, square shouldered jackets worn over printed two-peice looks, and logo tees styled with get-to-work cigarette pants giving off a pastel Barbie-esque vibe, with a strong dose of Miami (my fave look of the show!).
We love the Starfish collection from before, both print and colours create candy-cute chic whilst embellished denim jackets and oversized jewellery give each look an edge. Extravagance is key here, after all, it is Versace. And no throwback finale would be complete without the girls…
The OG supermodels assemble and remind everyone just how it's done, how they started it all. The icons of the nineties made their way past the frow to George Michael’s Freedom! ‘90 And the whole world went W I L D! Dressed effortlessly in the gold chain mail of ’94’s Metal Mesh collection - Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Helena Christiensen made history once more.
The Versace girls wore opulently embellished gold barrettes in their hair framing their faces so as to have full focus on the fashion. Another look for fashion week by Guido, smooth textures kept the look immaculate. 'I didn’t want to parody any old idea of glamour,' he explained backstage. '[The hair] is polished and beautiful in a very simple way. Shiny, without too much volume.'
Of course the same cannot be said for the finale, the Versace angels end the show with their bombshell blowouts. And for a month of fashion that’s seen very natural, simplistic and un-done hair, here, the blow dry is back! Keep an eye firmly placed on our journal and social media, for our seasonal collection is set to re-imagine our iconic supermodel’s every style.
Video embedded courtesy of Versace YouTube [The Versace Tribute Collection].