Versace Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear Collection and Fashion Show

Today I bring you the Versace Fall 2018 Ready-To-Wear collection, where Donatella has done an outstanding work in reassuring her position as one of the greatest masters of fashion design. Versace is as you may know by now one of my most loved fashion houses, a surely one of the most iconic through the history of haute couture.

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As we talked about in the previous article about Versace, the previous collection that Versace launched (SS 2018) was a bomb was an outstanding work of art honoring the style and passion of the creator of the house, Gianni Versace. His sister Donatella, now vice president of Versace and chief designer or the brand, was the one that orchestrated this beautiful homage to one of the most creative and innovative brand in the history of fashion design. The show and the collection were a startling success, and we were all really expectant about Donatella’s next move after such an unique revelation.

And she sure impressed everyone when she went back to her purest style in a stunning new collection that honors her own creativity as much as the last one honored the one of her brother.

The Clans of Versace

No wonder about why the collection was called ‘The Clans of Versace’, because at this point, Versace is the royal family of couture and this was the time for the queen. A lot of the pillars of the Versace imaginery are present in this collection that combines classicism with modernity in a magnificent way. Classic lines and materials are contrasted with highly pigmented primary colors, patterns, plaid, accessories and a lot of trends of the moment.
The personal trademark met modernism. And it was astounding.

But let’s see the whole collection, enjoy the show!

Classicism

The classical line of this collection is expressed in muted downs nude brown colors, always so associated with fall and elegance. The use of leather, metal accessories (primary gold) and fine fabric remind us of the less excessive side of the concept. These colors and material will continue to appear in the collection as a leif motiv of classicism through Donatella’s different creations.

Plaid

These two will almost always will be accompanied by the star of the show: plaid in primary colors that will steal the light in designs where bright yellow is a form of gold.

Primary Colors

The primary colors derive are built into different designs and the plaid will even turn monochrome leaving yellow aside in some stunning pieces.

Black leather and Gold: the Belt

One of the main accessories and center of part of the collection is a Versace icon: the belt. Black leather and gold, the classical importance of this piece will be of high importance again, a pillar of the Versace imaginery.

Two of my favorite creations were these two belt-centered beauties of a design, two black dresses that speak Versace and couture so loud that it’s hard to resist. The elegance of these two looks is just sublime.

Silk, Patters, Satin and Corsets

Silk drapes also had a leading role in the collection. Colorful patterns full of pop art references and animal print are places over luxurious fabric with a great femininity to it. The corset, another pillar, makes its first appearance in a sultry skirt over a Versace white t-shirt. Plaid and corsets rule this fantasy of designs unified by the emblematic Versace belt.

Luxury and Sultryness: the Artistry

These classical luxurious designs give the welcome to the show a the most exquisite part of the collection. Sultriness is now a must.

All the show is transformed into an even more exquisite state. Every theme used in the collection till now is masterfully mix together to bring the most stunning looks of the show.

These last two looks are also one of my favorites of the whole collection, as they express they whole concept in an exquisite way. Primary colors in gorgeous fabrics and finishes are hugged by black and luxury. Belts and shoes. I have to say that this is the collection with which Donatella has made history for me. She already proved her amazing artistry and creative power in her last collection, which as you may know by now I considered art. But not only that, she has had the ability to change directions completely after that and still amaze us with the path she followed.

This whole collection is simply stunning and at the same time it has a unity spirit, a deep belief in the concepts over which it is built. It’s sultry, it’s exquisite, it’s Versace. It’s art. The title of the collection ‘The Clans of Versace’ implies to me that she honored and presented her brother before, and now she is presenting her side, the other part of Versace. All in all I find it a very intelligent twist after the last collection and an absolutely amazing work of art. Everything is just so classy and unique. It has the Versace signature written across every piece.

Accessories and Shoes

This has been one of the very few fashion shows / collections in which I also fall in love with a lot of the accessories, including (and specially) shoes of course. It was obvious that, being the belt one of the most iconic elements of the house, the accessories in Versace collections are always important, but these ones had my heart. A lot of leather, either in elegant high heels, platforms or heeled boots, with metallic attachments that speak of an aggressive femininity, power and control.

The details and the love put into the design of every accessory is as intricate and delicate as in the outfits. The shoes are just beyond elegance for me and I probably love every pair in the collection, which is not really usual.

And that’s it, the collection looked wonderful to me, it really makes me fall in love even harder with the house and when that happens you know it was a good collection.

Beauty

As usual, they use very natural looking makeup, something that make the models look flawless but that doesn’t distract the attention from the creations. The classical middle parting with the front pieces of hair tucked behind the ears or neck was also seen really often in this show, I hairstyle that now I love to call the ‘Versace’ because they use it so much and it looks so elegant and simple.

The makeup and hair all in all let the magic of the collection, including jewelry, shine through.

And that was all! I really hope you enjoyed this collection as much as me, I really wish I could sport even the cheaper pair of shoes of this collection but that is not happening any time soon. Even though, they were astounding!

I hope to see you around here soon, thank you for reading!

 

Met Gala 2018 Heavenly Bodies: Top Looks of the Night

Met Gala 2018

Last night we could attend to the biggest night of the year for the fashion industry: the Met Gala.

The theme of this year was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, so we knew beforehand that it was going to be a night to be remembered. Fashion designers and celebrities sometimes spend weeks or even months designing and preparing their creations for the red carpet of this famous night, and having that theme in mind, we knew that the looks were going to be resounding.

There were sure some Lady Gaga moments, though they were sadly not starred by herself since she didn’t attend, like the Pope inspired dress and headpiece that Rihanna wore, but for me there were also some seriously stylish and beautiful looks that deserved some attention.

Some of my favorite designers worked in the dresses that paraded the red carpet last night and I’m here to share with you the most iconic looks of the night!

Though there were some that practically broke the internet as they made their appearance, there were also that, leaving the hype aside, spoke loudly of the true love for fashion. Let’s see them.

Top Looks Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies

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Blake Lively in Versace

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Emily Ratajkowski in Marc Jacobs

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Amber Heard in Carolina Herrera

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Jennifer Lopez in Balmain

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Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany’s jewelry

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Zendaya in Versace

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Rihanna in Maison Margiela

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Zoë Kravitz in Yves Saint Laurent

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Cardi B in Moschino

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Amanda Seyfried in Prada

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Bella Hadid in Chrome Hearts

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Katy Perry in Versace

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Lily Collins in Givenchy

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Gisele Bündchen in Versace

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Rita Ora in Prada

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Kim Kardashian in Gianni Versace

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Cara Delevingne in Dior

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Ralph Lauren

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Karlie Kloss in Brandon Maxwell

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Gigi Hadid in Versace

 

And that’s all for now!
Obviously, since Donatella was one of the hosts, Versace was a house that shone brightly all through the night and that dressed a high number of the attendants. And they did that masterfully!

Some of the most resonated looks didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but others, like this last one from Versace for Gigi Hadid, the one from Dior that Cara Delevigne wore, or the Joan of Arc inspired design from Versace that Zendaya rocked, were for me truly beautiful and spoke really highly of the houses that confectionated them.

Also a great respect for Kim Kardashian for choosing a design of Gianni Versace!
If you want to read about (and watch!) the Tribute collection Donatella made to her brother Gianni in last fall’s Milan Fashion Week, check this article.

I hope you have time to take a look at the Met Gala 2018 designs and make your own selection of your favorite looks.

Lots of love, and hoping to see you around soon!

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.