Versace S/S 2017
Mood board: Donatella Versace is having a very sporty moment for spring; as in, get out the kite surfing board because you are going to be ready for a wet and wild adventure. The va-va-voom codes of the house are of course alive and well in these athletic pursuits, but now they are rendered in skin tight scuba leggings, killer heels buckled with backpack clasps and in nylon printed coats that now come billowing with as much air as a full-mast, three sail Mediterranean yacht.
Best in show: There was a lot of daywear here but Versace’s brilliance shone most brightly at night when she cut simple mini tshirt dresses and crusted them with rocks of shiny crystal. Also noteworthy and very new (for her at least) was the pleated knitwear that offered a softer sinuous approach to Versace’s signature steamy sex.
Finishing touches: We never thought we’d see a nerd-girl flatform on the Versace runway but there it was in all of its geek-dom glory, with a thong sandal vamp and even worn - most scandalously - with ankle socks. The rest of the accessories were high sport in their look and function including ballooned up hiking backpacks and shrunken down handbags strapped over the shoulder like camping gear.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans