Prints were the talk of Milan Fashion Week and no designer stood out more than Donatella Versace. Not only did she bring iconic Versace supermodels back to the runway but they were joined by the newest generation of fashion icons as well. Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Kaia Gerber, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner came together to help Donatella pay tribute to her late brother, Gianni Versace.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s brutal murder in Miami Beach, a tragic event that shocked the fashion world and beyond. Instead of allowing the press to focus on the negative, Donatella reimagined many of Gianni’s most iconic collections of the early 1990s including Warhol, Animalia, and Butterflies for her Spring 2018 show at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. As she told the press backstage before the show began, “This show is for him, from beginning to end.”
Donatella had more to say about her brother’s life in a note accompanying the show’s program for attendees. In it, she wrote, “Gianni was an exceptional person for how he celebrated each day as though it were extraordinary and for how he always approached life with a smile on his lips. It would be impossible to commemorate Gianni’s entire world in a single collection; therefore, I have decided to honor his legacy with his beloved prints and dazzling metal mesh.”
As promised, the Versace show was full of bold prints on everything from blouses and corsets to maxi skirts and high-waisted jeans. Each grouping on the runway represented a complete wardrobe collection from day to night. Longtime Versace lovers were transported back decades as monochrome leggings and matching jackets graced the catwalk. However, one noticeable difference between the classic 90s Versace look and the Spring 2018 collection was the absence of big shoulders. Instead, Donatella opted for tight fitting and sleek tops, a powerful silhouette she has become known for.
A standout moment in the show came from 16-year-old rising Versace muse Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s daughter. Gerber appeared on the runway in an updated take on a leopard print jumpsuit from Gianni Versace’s Spring 1992 collection that Crawford once wore on the cover of Vogue.
Practically every piece in last week’s show was inspired by Gianni but Donatella did showcase one piece, a tiered skirt, that he himself created.
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