“There were so many beautiful outfits it would be hard to choose just one,” said actress Kate Hudson as she sat next to her mother Goldie Hawn at the Versace after-party listening to Ellie Goulding play a set. “But the jumpsuit that Karlie wore was amazing.”
It would be hard to argue with Hudson on that point. The sexy all-in-one pristine white outfit that Karlie Kloss wore on the Versace haute couture spring/summer 2015 catwalk became social media fodder as soon as the supermodel alighted on the runway. Its curving bandeau cutouts expertly covering just enough of the model’s right breast to keep her this side of X-rated.
This collection was a celebration of two things: a woman’s curves and the Versace atelier’s talents of construction. Every single outfit, from the first sensual black pantsuit — worn by Natasha Polly that broke apart up and over one shoulder, exposing the model’s smooth skin — to the last — a slinky floor-skimming dress held together with sheer tulle so that opaque and transparent fabrics came together to create undulating arches over Amber Valletta’s body — was crafted with a surgeon’s scalpel precision.
The show, which consisted mostly of monochrome primary color ensembles, was able to expertly master one of the hardest sartorial juxtapositions. The flattering, figure-hugging designs were sexy but also surprisingly modest. Even the most beautifully beaded or curling creation (check out the winning dresses won by Joan Smalls and Jordan Dunn) could, with the easy addition of a lining, work in almost any part of the world.
If there was one incongruent element to this show, it was a series of short dresses covered in odd crystal emojis and worn with knee high boots. These pieces felt more forced, as if Versace was trying to connect with a younger clientele. But this house doesn’t need to pander to anyone.
With the awards season in full swing there was much on the Versace runway that will surely soon be seen on that other very important catwalk — the red carpet.