Mood board: it would be a daunting proposition planning a catwalk show after the runway spectacle of last season’s S/S 2018 Versace show – easily the most talked-about and Instagrammed show of fashion week, packed with supermodels old and new, lashings of gold chain-mail and archive silhouettes. For A/W 2018, Versace’s attendees had no need to fear a drop in momentum. The collection was a blend of ostentation and glamour, with sleek gold-detailed outerwear, swathes of tartan (a fabric popping up on a plethora of both men’s and women’s catwalks), leather and plenty of sex appeal. There were black mini dresses and full colourful silk skirts with splices of baroque and animal print, Versace logo-shirts and biker jackets. Autumn winter Eighties oomph.
Finishing touches: family values have always been intrinsic to Versace, and for A/W 2018 Donatella Versace drew on the concept of tribes – be they football fans or Scottish clans. Tartan Versace logo football scarves were paired with tiny black dresses and neon bright pencil skirts, while berets and Argyll print socks bought highland charm to the collection.
Best in show: a gold-buttoned camel coat highlighted the brand’s skill in tailoring and had more pared-backed Eighties appeal. A series of draped black dresses with balaclava hoods evoked the air of an Italian seductress poised for her next catch.