Bella e Sexy. To read this you don’t have to understand Italian, you just need to know it is describing Versace’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection and you’ll know it means beautiful and sexy.
The collection had a summery underwater theme – hence the starfish motifs, prints of seahorses and scalloped shells and warm weather pastels such as ice blue, lavender, lemon, and pistachio. “I was thinking of sirens and mermaids, their hot sexuality. And everything I like, and Gianni liked,” she said, laughing.
She goes on to say it was “the meeting of the old and the new Versace”. It was evident every where from the outfits that were a mixture of neoprene and plisse, shorts replacing the pelmet mini, Goddess like gowns to the gold studs Donatella has an affinity for.
How relevant is it that the craze for nineties Gianni Versace baroque ’n’ roll prints is at high tide—fashion kids are scouring every vintage source for shirts and scarves and flaunting them around the shows— and that Donatella’s first collection for H&M is set to debut in early November and will be bringing in a new wave of the Versace obsessed.
This collection screams Versace but what was heard on the lips of everyone leaving the show was, ” That was so Donatella “.
With Dolce and Gabbana integrating D&G in their main signature line, Thursday’s D&G show was the last of its kind. Leave it to Domenico and Stephano to go out with a bang!
Prints were on all the runways and in the front rows, but no where like the catwalk for D&G. The foundation was scarf prints taken from Dolce and Gabbana’s own back catalog, with what looked like a wink and a nod to those of Versace and Hermès as well.
There were polka dots, crests, medallions, butterflies, and flowers whipped in to shorts, pants, flowy skirts and mini dresses that looked as if they were tied out of scarfs. A pure homage to foulard. Notice the scarves woven into the footwear.
To be sure, this collection is going to be snapped up as fast as you can say ” One, two, three”. Be sure to get your collector’s item, shop early next Spring!!