It’s nothing new that I’m obsessed with Versace. My long-enduring, un-dying love for everything Gianni, Donatella and Santo has been going on now for almost 10 years (since I really started to get into this fashion thing seriously). Why? Because aside from the brand’s aesthetic being everything I aspired and still aspire to be, the history behind the brand is glamorously tragic. I know that’s terrible to say, but I don’t mean to say I’m happy Gianni got shot, I’m not, but the tragedy almost adds to Versace’s allure of being one of the pillars of Italian high-fashion. I don’t know, maybe I’m just sick. Anyway, Gianni Versace is the reason that when you think of Versace you think of black, and gold opulence – that’s the loud, garish, glorious Versace he built. Donatella, the icon that she is, took his legacy and modernised it season after season, but the brand has always stayed true to its gilded roots and that’s why I love it. Versace is still so undeniably Versace, in a way that Dior is not that Dior anymore (sorry, not sorry).
“A genius…an icon…my brother.”
It’s been 20 years since Gianni was murdered, and for the SS18 collection Donatella dived back into the archives from 1991-1995 to bring back the famous prints which had my little Versace heart bursting. It was everything: every look on every model made me want to be that Versace girl – sassy, unapologetic, funny and smart. I could write all day about each piece in the collection, gushing about how glorious it is and how I’ve already put my kidney up for pre-order to fund my spree when the collection comes out, but instead I’ll just highlight my fave looks…
Versace Tribute Collection SS18
Of course, the pinnacle of the show was when “The Supers” descended on the runway in all their glory, slinking down the catwalk in iconic gold chainmail. There really was no better way to tribute to Gianni and shut down Fashion Week this season. Donatella did that.