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Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear


BY Katharine K. Zarrella

February 24, 2017

Despite those Riccardo Tisci rumors, it was business as usual at Versace this season, and on the runway, Donatella Versace echoed the message she projected in London at Versus, one of unity, equality, and strength.

Words like “love,” “equality,” “power” and “unified” were at the center of the Fall outing, came knit into hats and scarves, or appliquéd on sheer sleeves and underlays.

“This is a collection about the power of women, and women who know how to use their power. It is a call for unity, and the strength that comes from positivity and hope,” said Donatella Versace in the show notes.

Indeed, this sentiment, which we’ve seen on runways throughout Milan, was echoed in the bold clothing.

For starters, the power suit was a focus here, seen oversized with rounded shoulders. One iteration, shown in a blue degrade, was paired with a cropped hooded sweatshirt.

Speaking of, the sportiness Versace has embraced the last few seasons continued here, with punchy, athletic colors (vivid oranges, neon yellows, cobalts, reds) and tech fabrics. Sheer dresses, sometimes layered beneath puffer coats, injected this outing with the house’s signature sexiness, while a orange and blue fur with exaggerated proportions reminded us that, while Versace may be embracing elements of streetwear, it’s still fashion all the way.

These clothes—whether it was the see-through frocks, the slick suiting, or the standout knitwear—were ready for action. They were designed for confident women unafraid of getting their (no doubt manicured) hands dirty. Make what you will of those slogans—a genuine call to action, or a clever marketing move—but even without them, this collection would have sent the same message: there’s no end to what a group of empowered women can do.


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