You bet, and thank the fashion gods for that. On Friday night she showed a terrific, controlled collection, the best in Milan.
But then, these days, control seems to be the mantra chez Versace. She looked fabulous both on the runway and while hosting a post-show party that ran like clockwork before she excused herself promptly at 10:00 because her DJ-with-clout, Prince, had agreed to give a concert at the show space and he wanted her there for a sound check.
Earlier in the week, the two had some amusing artistic differences. He wanted her to open the show with a cover of “Over the Rainbow.” “I hate it!” she scoffed. And with good reason. Because, unlike so many of her Milanese colleagues, Versace is neither over the rainbow nor off in any other fantasy outpost.
Rather she is grounded firmly in the land of real, as in real chic. The collection was defined by two distinct moods. By day, it was all high-polished and ladylike in beautiful tailoring (a lean coat with multiflap closure) and an emphasis on dresses. The refinement proved a deft feat given the ample corsetry and bra construction that could have turned tarty. But Versace kept her high-waisted dresses loose and elliptical, and upped the sporty factor with short jacket, bra and low-slung shorts, all flashing skin, but oh-so-politely.
By night, Versace addressed the space-vixen mode that has landed in Milan, but with common sense. One could actually imagine women wearing her versions somewhere other than to a Courrèges-cum-“Star Trek” convention. And the only trek that her green jewel-collared column brought to mind is the one down the red carpet.
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge