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In a grand palace overlooking Milan’s Duomo Cathedral, fashion queen Donatella Versace sat upon her throne as Versace’s new clan of fashion warriors took to the runway for the reveal of the label’s Fall/Winter 2018 line during Milan Fashion Week. The show was a youthful power-girl explosion of 90’s neon upon sassy tartan patterns, berets, and fringed scarves that seemed to, in part, emulate Donatella’s brother, Gianni, who dominated and defined the industry during his reign.

As we’ve already seen with Prada and Fendi this week, Versace is all about bringing their logos back to their designs, one of which could be seen printed loud and proud across the streetwear t-shirt worn by Raquel Zimmermann, a look belted and cinched with a sexy bustier and completed with a long, puffed out skirt boasting baroque and tartan patterns and a teasing, ruffled front-slit. Kaia Gerber was all glamorous rebellion as she rocked the runway in a shredded and studded black denim jacket and jeans, accented by the show’s defining bright neon pattern, and paired with a chain-strapped black and gold crossbody bag and lace-up booties. Gigi Hadid wowed the crowds in a sophisticated ensemble featuring a camel brown button-up coat, mahogany leather pants and matching belt with the obligatory baroque inspired buckle, and a yellow and blue sweater layered over a white blouse with a studded collar. The style was the perfect merriment of classic Versace and modern “Versace Clan” designs. Gerber also strutted her stuff in a colorful sequin and fringe mini dress with exaggerated red tassel earrings and stiletto sandals. The evening wear designs saw several simplistically stunning dresses in back-to-basics black.

Versace’s show was a highly accessorized one. From elaborately buckled belts, to heavy, chunky gold jewelry, to seductive, silk scarves worn around the neck and head, you can’t not make a statement in these looks where excess is a must. Black, gold-studded shoulder and crossbody bags appeared most common, with the occasional tartan satchel or multi-colored mini crossbody making an appearance. While some of this week’s shows have featured relatively consistent footwear, Versace decided to mix things up with everything from studded stilettos, to comfy “dad sneakers”, to chunky patent platform shoes sporting Versace emblems.

They did, however, follow suit with minimalistic hairstyling and makeup. With their rebellious, sporty schoolgirl looks and logo emblazoned streetwear, Versace is ready to draft a new generation of young, outspoken, and influential fashionistas into their Versace Clan and clothe them in their distinctual Coat of Arms, so everyone knows which fashion house they belong to. It is a clan defined by those that will “rule their own life”, “never forget that they were born to be bold”, and is “united through passion and a desire to rock all boundaries”. With the political and social climates being what they are, Donatella Versace and the label could not have been more on point with a message that is sure to ring loud and true with today’s young women, plunging us into a new era of fashion.

Written by Elizabeth Kramsky
Visuals by Ferdinand Koehl
Photos by Gerson Lirio

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