Fast women — anyone unfamiliar with the type need look no further than Donatella Versace’s runway for a little illumination. Her show was full of them, not only because the models charged out of the gate like speeding bullets, with several girls seemingly outfitted for a high-speed motocross if not a wild all-nighter. In other words, Versace’s spring surreal good girl is so last season.
With total conviction, Donatella homed in on the racy Versace of yore, when the house stood for shameless hedonistic pursuits and clothes suited for such, and channeled it into an ultrasexy futuristic sci-fi spree. By day, the girls were badass bikers in “Matrix”-style jackets, some in leather, some in electric hues, and leather pants tricked out with moto details and zippers. If there was a modest moment in the collection, that was it; Donatella took every opportunity to flaunt the female form. Of course, long legs got their due in microminis and gowns slit to where the sun don’t typically shine. But there were also dresses cut out to reveal hip bones, tailbones, shoulders and bare backs. They came in plenty of bright, flamboyant colors, but none so striking as the straight black-and-white styles.
It was all unapologetically flashy, and not just because of all the skin. A reflective, foil-like material in magenta, silver and blue was cut into miniskirts and kaleidoscopic cocktail dresses. Did it push the limits of good taste? Yes. Yet, it’s hard not to admire something so brazen and completely self-aware. And these were clothes meant to be worn loud and proud.