An imaginative coast-to-coast trip across the USA served as the starting point for Donatella Versace’s resort collection. She didn’t take the inspiration literally: There were no stars and stripes, embossed cowboy belts or boots here — but rather, abstract, atmospheric references.
The colors of New York City’s neon signs echoed in blocks of primary colors, giving graphic urban attitude to cropped flared pants worn with tailored jackets, silk shirts trimmed with the house’s signature Greca motif and the season’s signature polo dress embellished with pleats. The short dress also appeared in a more sensual version, with a feminine draped panel decorated with a brooch, as well as in a sheer black evening option with colorful, embroidered studs and crystals.
To evoke midwestern American meadows and plains, Versace used a micro-floral pattern on several looks; a touch of romanticism that was never too sugar-coated, especially when used on a high-slit plissé skirt paired with a patchwork shirt. Finally, approaching the West Coast and its cities, the collection returned to sleeker silhouettes, with laser-cut bonded leather jackets, silk shirts and dresses whose lines and graphics referenced street-plan grids and contemporary architecture.