If Stevie Nicks and Steven Tyler ever had a love child she would be the perfect muse for designer Donatella Versace’s spring/summer 2013 show.
It was a collection that had all of the hallmarks that the fashion world has come to expect and enjoy in a Versace show; the sexy silhouettes, the sleek hair and makeup, the statement high heels (gladiator-esque this time). But instead of going for a hardcore rock and roll style or polished red carpet gowns, Versace infused a bit of a gypsy/hippy attitude into her well rounded show.
What was smart about this collection was how Versace hinted at her inspiration without making it blatantly obvious. Silk dresses, shorts, tops, and jeans all featured asymmetrical inserts of coin-patterned lace, which mimicked the real thing favored by fortunetellers. Winkled tie-dyed crêpe de Chine and chiffon lingerie inspired designs had a “just rolled out of bed” sensuality to them. While others, that came held together with crisscross lacing over the hip, down a sleeve or across the torso, were more blatantly sexual in style.
When Versace finally decided to bring in her signature metal embellishments onto the scene, they were scattered across the bodies of fluid dresses like souvenirs. Stitched onto the fabric and harness straps- like permanent mementos of past summer music festivals. And the iconic Versace mesh was transformed into tiers of metallic fringe, wrapping the model’s hips or cascaded down their bodies; creating dresses that shimmered with sex appeal as the models strode down the catwalk, their legs exposed though hip-high slits.
The good news for buyers is they will not need crystal balls to see the promising future of this Versace collection.
- Jessica Michault