Versace Tribute Collection: Spring Ready-To-Wear 2018

An article about the Tribute collection from Versace on last fall’s Fashion week has been on my drafts since September. Now that I’m watching the American Crime Story season about the assassination of Gianni Versace, this has all come back to me along with a huge intensification of my crush on Versace.

Writing about collections has been a recurring idea on my mind since I wrote the article about the Balmain Ready To Wear Fall 2018 collection and fashion show. I just love watching the shows and understanding the collections as the work of art they are, and this one from Versace specially honors that idea.

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Let’s talk a bit about the tribute collection and the brand first.

The tribute

Gianni Versace last collection was presented on July 1997, just before his murder. After that, the management of the company passed along to their siblings, the famous icon Donatella and his brother Santo. Though actually the half of the company was inherited according to his will by his niece Allegra Beck, Donatella’s daughter, she has never been really fond of being associated with the place that Versace occupies among the greatest fashion houses of all time.

On last fall’s Fashion Week at Milan, Versace presented a tribute collection that Donatella specially meant to honor his brother on the 20th anniversary of his passing away.

When I saw the collection, I was in one word, astounded. At the moment I didn’t know how much it was actually a deeply inspired in Gianni’s vision and designs, but after researching a bit I was amazed beyond words. You know that I have a thing for the 90s, 80s, 70s and probably every decade that I didn’t get the chance to live in. But the love and the dedication with which this collection honored those times and the concept of fashion that was held then, is one that I truly never saw before.

The vision

Gianni Versace’s vision of clothes was that they had to make the person who was wearing them feel happy. Fashion was his passion and he designed every item with a love and dedication that reflected his tender craftsman heart. He started out with a little boutique and he grew his company from scratch, basing everything in this idea he had that women were goddesses and their looks should reflect that nature to make them justice because they were born to shine. The first time he designed a dress, it was for his sister Donatella, who he loved with all his heart, and on one occasion he said that probably he still designed every item with her in his mind. Family was the most important thing for him, and his love for fashion came probably since he was born from his mother Francesca, who owned a tiny workshop where her son help her sew and sketch patterns.

Versace was not only a man, but a family of traditions and love, which now makes perfect sense with the will of Donatella of honoring his lost brother now, twenty years after. The man who was vogue.

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Let’s dive deep into this collection now, one of my favorites of the last year, and certainly the most touching and were I can see more passion. Donatella has consecrated herself as one of the greatest here, in the fashion history and in my heart as well.

Fashion is about love, that was his brother’s vision, and that she channeled in an impeccable way.

The show

If you haven’t watched this show, I’m not recommending it to you, I’m saying you MUST watch it right now if you love fashion and you consider it an art. Furthermore, if you consider that life and love is a thing to be celebrated, this show is something that won’t leave you indifferent even if you don’t like this house style.

Just dim the lights, grab your headphones, set the video to 1080p and get ready for the greatest tribute ever made to a fashion designer, to a creator, and an artist.

 

What can I say after that.
You have heard her talked about him and you have seen the mastery with which she captured a whole era and a soul in a collection. His passion, his vision, her love for him, the love of the world for him, his place in history, his role in fashion, his muses, the woman. His spirit. Everything was there. She made history.

Hats off.

The looks

Now let’s see some of my favorite looks, ones that will stay in my heart forever and that in my opinion, will last forever in fashion history.

And these two, which are the best looks in my opinion and that were both worn by Grace Hartzel:

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The inspiration

Finally, the greatest part of this tribute collection: the way it honored the past. Let’s see how Gianni’s designs inspired many of the looks in this collection, and let’s just be amazed at the love with which this was made. Tribute is a word that came alive with this collection.

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And this is all for today!

I hope you loved this collection as much as me.

I will probably be writing about other one soon so tell me if you like the idea!
Lots of love.

Balmain Ready To Wear Fall 2018 Collection

Balmain: the new king of the Paris Fashion Week. This fall be ready to fall under the disco spell that Olivier Rousteing has casted upon the fashion industry.

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Today we’ll see of one of the collections that has made me fall in love the hardest these last Fashion Weeks since that Marc Jacobs collection that I still dream of. I’m talking about the dazzling, the wonderful, the absolutely stunning Balmain Fall Ready To Wear 2018 collection.

The Show

Olivier Rousteing, currently the creative designer of this fashion house, left us all astounded when he presented his collection in the last Paris Fashion Week. First of all, I leave you here the full show if you still haven’t seen it!

The Idea

Some people has talk about futuristic inspiration in this collection. I personally can’t help think of the 70s and the 80s. It’s true, and more and more people can’t deny me this, disco is coming back.

I’m talking about fashion, make-up, music, just everything in the industry is retrieving (wisely) that dazzling vibe that has the power to catch our eye and our heart in way that only a disco ball can! The collection is also elegant.

Beside the silvery holographic siren soldiers, we can also see some nude and black designs that speak of silent glam and Marcel Duchamp, some Pop Art inspired creations and a lot of Yves Klein blue. Art is very present on this collection, and the fact that disco is treated as one more art (maybe the art of the 20s?) pleases me beyond what I can express with words. Arts and the disco era speak to me on so many levels that the idea of this fashion trend coming back with so many artistic references is just a dream come true.

The music

The music at the show just confirms all this with a radiant combination of disco classics remixes, like for example Yazoo’s “Don’t Go,” A-ha’s “Take On Me,” and Kim Wilde’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. And also the inmortal ‘Heart of Glass’ from Blondie in a version that seems out of a Baz Luhrmann movie and that will take your own heart. It was simply a beautiful show that simply can’t be described with enough justice.

The show can even be used as a playlist for totally glamorous inspiration and productivity. This is no lie, some friends of mine has actually done this and, no doubt, I’m hearing it right now as I write. I totally encourage you to do the same!

 

The looks

The Balmain collection had 92 amazing designs. For what I’ve understood from the collection, I can group the looks in four main categories:

 

Holographs and Sequins

Most of the looks had this disco glam feel that was the one that made me fall in love.

We can see lots of metallics, shiny fabrics, holographic sequins and translucent special effects. Silver and the holographic finish are the ones that most clearly rule these looks, though we can also find some sequins in black. One of the things that amazed me the more was some black creations with an holographic finish that I still don’t understand how it was achieved. Marvelous!

The textures combinations were infinite, the designs amazing and the colors didn’t need more than those jewels that are silver, black, holographic finishes and sequins of all sizes.

Particularly beautiful were the designs that only included black fabrics and sequins.

Nudes and Duchamp

Seeing the nude and black designs from Balmain, and seeing the artistic references that I could get from the other designs, I couldn’t help but think of Duchamp’s famous painting “Nude descending a staircase”.

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These looks were one of the most elegant of the collections, highly combinable with almost any kind of accessory.

 

Yves Klein’s blue

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Yves Klein was a french artist of the 50s and 60s identified with the neodadaist movement. He was so keen on one particular blue hue that he had a paint specifically design for him, with which he painted almost all of his works. He is also seen as an inspiration and forerunner for pop art (which is also later included in the show!) and minimalistic art.

In the collection we can see some designs with the emblematic Yves Klein blue.

 

Pop Art and Bright Colors

The last previous category bring us directly into the Pop Art inspiration for a lot of the designs. Using Yves Klein blue as a leif motiv, the house brought us a combination of pop art shapes and colors (main primary ones, cyan, yellow and magenta), some metallic or holographic finishes and some black ink. These designs were astounding, particularly the dresses that resembled neon designs.

All of them were really expressionist and remind me of artists like Miró or Warhol but with a much interesting twist if I have to be honest, because those artist have never been of my favorites.

 

Apart from these categories, there were also some sequined T-shirts, some denim blue designs that reminded even more of the 80s and some holographic nude-almost-white design, but I think those four categories summarize pretty well the collection and its inspirations.

 

The make-up

The make-up chosen for the show was really simple. I was based on a perfect natural looking skin, enhanced subtly with make-up products like nude foundations, concealer, mascara, blushes and highlighters. The look was a no-make-up make-up look and it was achieved perfectly.

The inspiration was clearly the glow of a naturally healthy looking skin, with no imperfections, an even tone and a natural light coming through it. I think the election of the make-up look for the models was perfect because this way it let the designs shine without drawing any attention to the make-up. The hair styles were also polished but naturals, mainly long manes with part sides, but also some fringes and short hair, but generally no up-dos at all.

If you still haven’t read the article about the glow trend and you like this look, go check it out!

 

Details

Here you have a selection of the details from the show and designs that I found most dazzling!

 

And finally, you can see some of my favorite looks from the collection in full size here.

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This is it!
I must say I’m really grateful to the fashion world for this collection, I enjoy one that makes me fall in love as much as one of those movies that touches your heart in every way and that you only get the luck to find once every few years.
All in all, thank you Balmain, thank you Olivier Rusteing for restoring my faith in the industry and for giving us the gift of fashion in it maximum expression as an art.  And also for reassuring me in my theory that disco is coming back!

I have no words to describe how much I love this. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I do.
What are your thoughts on this Balmain collection?
Don’t hesitate to share your opinions!

Thank you so much for being here one more day and have a wonderful day!