Versus Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Milan
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After a double header of Versace shows (one at 7pm and another at 8pm) the brand’s younger line, Versus, was up to bat in the 10pm slot on Friday night. How to keep the momentum and put everyone in a receptive mood? Well, it doesn’t get any more happy-go-lucky than Beth Ditto of the indie rock band Gossip. Designer Donatella Versace hired Ditto to sing live above the mosh pit of photographers while her colorful collection took to the catwalk.

The thoroughly enjoyable collection proved itself to be an energetic show filled with youthful exuberance, sporty confidence and just the right amount of rebellious attitude.

Cartoon bright primary colors of red, yellow, blue, green and hot pink were the building blocks on which designer Christopher Kane, who works with Versace on this collection, crafted this show. There was a graphic “arcade game” dynamism to brightly colored harlequin patterned knitwear and easy pants, or dresses printed in a slightly twisted take on a Ms. Pacman game. Key too, for this collection, was the multicolored plastic chains that were used as both accessories (choke collars and straps on heels) and entire outfits. A skirt was crafted out of rows of plastic chains, a top too with its matching cardigan trimmed in more of the links. It even appeared as a striking print on shift dresses, which made for a more portable alternative to the style.

The sporty aspect of the show came with the generous use of stretch mesh. While the stripes on jackets and skirts came courtesy of glossy patent leather strips bonded to silk. But this collection was all about having a bit of fun with fashion. And don’t we all feel, and look good, when we are having a fun? Versace herself certainly looked like she was a kid at heart when she rushed off the stage at the end of the show. Joining the throngs of people cheering Ditto on as she sang her heart out for the designer.

- Jessica Michault

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