If one good thing can be said about the dismal current state of world politics, it is that the fashion industry has begun to unite in common goals of unity and diversity, topics that have long been controversial and overlooked on a larger scale in the industry. Donatella Versace shouted her allegiance to the common cause on the runway of her Fall ’17 collection in Milan, splashing buzz words such as unity, love, equality, courage, and loyalty across hats, sweaters and sheer fabrics adorning shirts and dresses in a manner that was slightly reminiscent of Alexander Wang’s Fall ’16 statement collection. Comparisons aside, Versace’s message was clear and positive, and only time will tell if this too is a passing trend, or the start of an industry wide broadening of acceptance and inclusion.
The collection started out with black tailored separates, accented with exposed navels and sheer mesh, and continued on to blur the line between sportswear and high fashion, a theme that has been resonating with Versace for the past few seasons. Baggy ski hats and oversized scarves mingled with luxurious red and black fur coats and delicious neon puffer jackets. Geometric patters, asymmetrical hemlines and thigh high slits all dotted the dark and powerful collection which was more of a nod to youthful rebellion than the powerhouse sexuality that Versace has been known for. Models wore colorful extensions in their hair and heavy black matte eyes were painted on the all star line up featuring staples Gigi, Kendall, Bella, Natasha and Amber Valletta closing the show.
Written by LIZ KRAMSKY
Photos by GERSON LIRIO & LUIZA FERRAZ
Visual Editor JALAL MOUGHRABY