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.

Metallic Obsession: Last Trend

Today I bring you other post about this autumn’s fashion trends: metallic.

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While I was writing The Glitter Mania post I was already aware of the new metallic boom in fashion industry, but today as I wondered through the mall I realized that this trend is shooting for the stars and actually reaching them! The outer space feel is now so in right now that it is actually hard to enter a store and not find few of these amazing pieces. Jackets were already mentioned in the last post, but this fever goes far beyond: pants, blouses, dresses, skirts, coats and accessories are just a few to mention.

This season is all about shining and sparkling!

What is so great about this trend? The glamorous vibe.

All precious metal mean the same, luxury, richness, deep colors, textures and effects. Jewelry in the form of clothing. You can find a great variety of hues for this trend but the king and queen are silver and gold, while rose gold and gunmetal are a definite second place. You can find these colors in almost infinite finishes, as we said before, from sparkly, to glittery, frosted, foiled, gems, worn out or rusty.

How to wear this trend?

Fashion is always as you want it, but if you want some ideas, there are two options that seem to be the more spotted in runways and street fashion: either a total look, everything with the same fabric or finish, or a combination of one piece of clothing in a high impact metallic effect and softer matte colors close to the metallic shade selected. For example, if you are willing to rock a silver skirt, try different hues of grey for your top and shoes, or combine a golden blouse with rosy nude tones. The key to create the perfect look is to always let the metals shine, so pick simple textures and subtly saturated colors to achieve the most elegant first impression!

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All in all, this trend is a must try for all fashionistas out there, specially the ones in need to feel like a diva.

And now if you want to achieve this look in a more casual way, check out these gorgeous pieces that I picked from Zara‘s editorial, which not in vane, is called Bling Bling. Now you know how serious fashion is about this trend!

Glitter Mania

Glitter is back! Autumn is already too dark, so give your look the sparkle we inherited from the 70s glam!

If the fashion war between the 80s and the 90s that we are currently experienced wasn’t enough, another decade enters the game. While the 60s rocked last summer and are as recurrent as always in make up trends, this year’s charm are the 70s. With the departure of our beloved hero, David Bowie, his style and spirit has been channeled since in every fashion innovation. Though glam rock wasn’t always necessarily so out of space, they didn’t name it ‘glam’ for nothing. He created the maximum expression of it and the whole world has been honoring his memory in the form of style for the whole year. Want to see some examples?

Many famous artists started this fever by paying homage to the man who fell to earth, recreating some of his most memorable looks and iconic moments. Not that he wasn’t already a huge influence in fashion, music and arts. A real star man.

The this turned into a whole fashion industry earthquake: the 70s were back more powerful than ever. Glitter, metallic, silver, colorful make up, and over everything, the polished style, rule all over the kingdom, spiced up by the pale, thin, out of this world look and mysterious personality that Bowie left us. Here you can see some runway pieces that fit this awesome movement.

The trend then finally joined the 80s and 90s in the clothing stores. You can already find some of these looks in your city center, luckily! If you don’t know where to start to rock this look, I’ll give you my three musts for embracing this trend.

Metallic Jacket:

The perfect item that fits all three decades, it can be styled into any of them just knowing what to add to the look. More worn out finishes give more of an 80s or 90s Pink Floyd Quicksilver look, while the real metallic or even glittery ones magically transport you to the 70s and their disco vibe. Indispensable for night outs and concerts, combined with dark colors and a color block make-up to be the real star down town.

Platforms:

Naive but daring, choose some bold and colorful platforms to go with your eclectic look! The 70s were the decade were you could mix up Victorian blouses with superhero pants and intergalactic shoes. We were all kings and queens of our own planet and the real statement of a fashion attitude resides always in the shoes! Platforms are the true soul of the disco world, so search for the most appealing ones. There are never enough effects, metallic, glitter, neon, holographic, animal print – combine two or more and you won’t leave anyone indifferent. Is this a maybe-too-much trend for some people? Yes. But I love it.

 

Sheer Stockings:

To finish polishing your look, and to go with everything we have mentioned, don’t forget to pack up some cool vibe stockings. Wearing them with high heels and platforms is back and skinny cut pants give them a powerful role in your look. They combine perfectly with your glam rock shoes, remember, the more the better! I personally like how colorful net stockings look with glitter shoes and also sheer shimmery dark stockings with metallic platforms or sandals. This is definitely the winning match of this season and I’ll leave you with some inspirations from now and always:


Now that you have the key to be dressed for success go burn the city down with your killer glam look. The night is young and we are too!

Ballets Russes

Forever dancing. Ballet, the art that most perfectly represents the beauty and exquisiteness of fashion, floods this season’s trends.

Couture has always been in love with the Russians vibes, from royalty to folktales, and ballet is a crush that never gets old.

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Russia is the perfect combination of magical, cold and regal and it breathes luxury and classicism.

This autumn and winter, it comes back to us in ballet inspired fashion, from accessories to shoes, decoration, clothing, jewelery or even furniture. The looks shine with delicacy, every piece seem exclusively design and made to fit you, preserving the richness of the concept. Gold, silver, precious stones, soft earth tones, white and black are the bases of this inspirarion, along with rich deep dark colors such as green, blue or red, in shades that reminds of royal gowns.

Dream of snow and palaces with these runway looks:

 

  • Beauty

Equally, make-up trends follow the same pattern to fit the exquisite cold touch of this fashion. A dark bold lip combined with pale and flawless skin is the key to this look. The make-up has to be perfectly applied, no smudges though the eye shadows had to be well blended out. The new make-up trend fever, the strobing, pairs perfectly with what you want to achieve – use one with a frosted finish to enhance the cold feeling of the look. Aim for cool tones, soft pinks, silvery finishes and rich appearances. Good worked lashes are also a must, deep black, with volume and length, polished and with the mascara perfectly applied. Berry and earthy tones, always deep, for eyes and lips are the choice for this look.

Sort your favorites out of these and replicate the high fashion feeling:

  • Jewelry

Think of the Romanov and you have your answer: crowns, diamonds, necklaces, earrings, all things sultry and fine. Delicacy and elegance is the key to achieve this looks without looking ordinary or faux.

Embroidered Baseball Jackets

The last autumn trend of this weekend will be one of the most beautiful I’ve seen for the season!

From all the grunge inspired items for this fall, this one stands out for being the rebellious glam rock one, because the 70s and 80s were just as awesome!
We sure had a sneak peak of the fever coming when Gaga released the perfect Illusion music video, right?

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A few years ago, baseball jackets popularity reached a peak, and new they have come back more stylish than ever. As other fashion trends of this season, it has the quality of being as innovative as eclectic, a reloaded version of past decades fashion achievements. Embroidered baseball jackets have arrived to make you fall in love.

 

For me, this item is the must have of the season.
The most popular designs are of Chinese inspiration, which are also the ones that have reached the stores the most! Let’s go here for a little history lesson:

The art of embroidery in China dates back 6.000 years, ancient vestiges having been found in Neolithic sites. Due to the early production of silk in this area, most of the embroideries were made of this fabric, which added strength and longevity to the work thank to the silk fiber quality. With the opening of the Silk Road, the silk production and trade flourished and quickly reached its high peak during the 14th century, while its color had already been perceived as a guide of social class since the 7th century during the Tang Dynasty. Though most handwork has been replaced by machinery nowadays, the most sophisticated production is still  hand-made, specially in southern China.

Now, in runway and street fashion, it has made it way back to us once more, as elegant and exquisite as always, now achievable through much simpler, casual and relaxed looks. These designs are clogging up every story and have soon become the item of the season. Looking where to find yours? Here you have some examples!

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The possibilities are great and the versatility of this item it’s worth getting one. Pair it with a dress and military boots to look casual for a festival or use one of the most delicate design it as a replacement for you blazer on your next event! They range from the most transgressor punk motives to the most refined and luxurious, so if you don’t want to let this trend escape, start looking for your best match!

I personally recommend a reversible one from Zara, specially if you are indecisive! Get two looks for the price of one and start imagining your next night out rocking it at the bar or the club.

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Here come the 90s striking back in fashion!

We knew the grunge era would be the next decade to come back in its full intensity to fashion and beauty trends: chokers, dark lips, smudged eyeliner, pale faces with a sunken in look, pleaded shirts, and now, the latest incorporation which popularity has escalated dizzily since the autumn started: the basic t-shit under a slipdress! 

This look is almost inescapable since it can be seen pretty much in every shop front. Still doubting? Take a look at these!

It rang a bell right?
It’s true: aside from being a hot trend right now, it’s kind of eye catching, and particularly surprising how big an impact it has made considering its apparent oddity.
This trend hasn’t only been brought back from the 90s, when we could see Alicia Silverstone or Drew Barrymore rocking it, it has actually been taken further: the basic top under a dress has reached now the point of the wool jumper under the night dress. Quite disturbing, maybe, but in its right measure, as fashionable as anything!

What is the key to this look? Don’t over do it.

As much as the extreme version is what the clothing companies try to sell us, I think that the simpler version of the 90s is much more beautiful and suiting. Let’s see a comparison:

In my opinion, while the 90s look preserved the innocence of the youth, the new one seems a little too artificial.

Anyhow, it must be staten: fashion is to have fun with it, to express yourself and play with the possibilities, so, if you want to take this look to the extreme version, go for it! No one can tell you what to wear and this won’t be the case either! That was the fun part about the 90s too, everyone could look as they wanted and feel awesome about it, the rules in street fashion were less strict than now and people didn’t care about what others thought. That was the spirit of the grunge era and it should be the one of this one too! Didn’t have time to tame your mane? Who cares! Fancy those glitter scrunchies? Go for them! Ripped jeans? Show them off!

It is true than the fashion industry, this doesn’t seem to be the intention of the grunge trend: healthy looking people now struggle to look like a sleep deprived, under weighted and drug addict rock star. But this wasn’t the base of those years. It was that you could look messed up and still be good, while now it seems that you must look messed up or go home. This is a pity, but that would be another subject.

All in all, embrace trends as they come if you want to, no matter how you look, have fun, and find your style! And if you were wondering if the slip dress over a t-shirt was just a street fashion trend or not, I leave you with some runway images to solve your doubts!

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