Donatella Versace is ready to leave behind the dark times we all recently experienced. For resort, the Versace chief creative officer actually presented a joyful collection, which felt like an ultimate mood lifter.
“I think there’s a renewed sense of optimism right now and I wanted this collection to speak to that,” Versace said. “This season is about having fun with fashion again and it feels right to put something positive into the world. We will never return to the old world or to the old ‘normal,’ there’s no going backward. This is what the new now looks like to me.”
For “new now,” the designer intended a new version of things that are familiar but that can be interpreted through different lenses to obtain something exciting and fresh. In this perspective, she took signature shapes and motifs and applied them a psychedelic filter.
A trippy, swirling print, inspired by ’70s music posters, with the wording “Love.Versace.Medusa” rendered in bubbly fonts, was splashed on T-shirts tucked into A-lined miniskirts or on men’s plissé shirts and shorts. The same psychedelic vibe was infused into another pattern that peppered the marble-printed denim outfits.
The lineup’s print extravaganza also included chain motifs used on draped silk dresses and plissé skirts, while the Greca monogram, which debuted with the fall 2021 show, made a comeback in new color variations on an array of items, from shirts and suits to windbreakers and accessories.
Versace’s original glamorous and precious spirit resonated in the use of metallic chains inlaid into the garments, creating charming trimmings and precious embellishments.
If tweed jackets and separates with a bourgeois feel were twisted through acid colors and intentionally unfinished details, offering a new, unapologetic take on the Ladies Who Lunch look, latex dresses in candy colors were designed for the fiercest girls in town.
For Donatella Versace, it’s certainly time to have fun and break free.