Leave it to Donatella Versace to create a show. And oh boy, it was quite a show! Honoring a 20th anniversary of her brother’s death could not have made him more proud. Just as a remainder – Gianni Versace was brutally killed in Miami Beach, in the middle of the day. His sister decided that it has passed enough time and she finally has the courage to go the archives and give a proper tribute. The show took place at the Triennale Museum – a perfect place to honor the great icon. The inspirational prints used for this iconic collection were from 1991 – 1995, a time when Gianni’s best collections hit the world: Vogue, Warhol, My Friend Elton, Icons, Baroque, Animalia, Native Americans, Tresor de la Mer, Metal Mesh, and Butterflies.
Each print and each motif was used on the jackets, blouses, corsets, trenches, skirts, high-waisted jeans, T-shirts with logos and boots. The show had thematic grouping and each one had the full day and night wears. There were literally some pieces pulled from the archives like one black and white ball skirt that Naomi Campbell has originally worn in 1992. And when we are talking about Naomi, the shows finale was the biggest social media moment. Everyone’s Instagram story and Snapchat feed was with it. The grand finale closed with supermodels that defined the generation and walked on Gianni’s runway. All dressed in gold dresses, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer closed the show are re-wrote the fashion history again.
There is no point in reviewing and talking about the pieces, motifs and prints. Since they are not anything new, the history has already judged them. They are all extraordinary and it seems even after all these years, trendy too. The baroque leggings, tiny black crepe dresses with golden embroidery, starfish belts, velvet dresses – they are glam and beautiful. The color palette was unchanged – pastels were in mint, blush pink and sky blue, the cut was retro and the shoulder remained big. Donatella had the courage to dare, and she did it marvelously – no better way to honor and remember the great designer than with the greatest achievement pieces and collections from his time.