At first blush, the Versace spring/summer 2014 haute couture show, which opened the couture season on Sunday night, looked to be an ode to Lady Gaga. The force of nature musician is currently the face of the luxury brand’s spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear campaign, a remix of her greatest hits was the show’s soundtrack, and the woman herself was sitting in the front row of the show.
Gaga sat there regally wearing her own custom made, black version of one of the shimmering hood adorned dresses that walked the catwalk in front of her. Looking like Donatella Versace’s doppelganger, with her matching long blond hair cascading down one side of her face. And in a sort of fashion chain reaction, the models on the runway were glamorous clones of both powerful women.
But as much as Gaga successfully pulled off the hooded look, it was another paradigm shifting female artist that inspired Versace this season- Grace Jones. And yes its true that as far as iconic style images go, Jones cornered the market on the silk hood. She could also, to this day, rock any of the gowns that walked down the Versace catwalk.
However, this show was above all pure Versace. Its shimmering crystal clear message that of beautiful and sexy women who own their power and wield it with laser like precision. This translated on the catwalk into fluid crystal covered silk jersey dresses that draped across the body in a myriad of ways over second skin semi-sheer tulle festooned with crystals to look like art deco geometric patterned tattoos.
It’s worth pointing out that there were also quite a few well cut pant suits in the mix, which broadened the potential of this collection past the red carpet. But it was hard not to imagine how fantastic Amy Adams would look at the Oscars in the aqua green gown that wrapped the body and twisted up around the neck. And what a statement it would be if Lupita Nyong’o showed up at the Academy Awards in the bad ass final look. That beaded cropped black leather jacket and matching leather and metal embellished dress would be all anyone would be talking about.
And isn’t that exactly what any woman wearing Versace wants?