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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!