Versace always taps the most influential models for its ready-to-wear fashion shows. The legendary Italian house opened its autumn/winter 2021 season with a film starring Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid who is back on the catwalk for the first time since becoming a mum. The new collection “Step Inside La Greca” is confident and slightly rebellious with an emphasis on the brand’s iconic Greca motif, subtle graffiti details, and a smaller, rounded silhouette for womenswear.
Reinventing the Greca motif, Versace’s maze-like design that has become synonymous with Italian luxury, Donatella introduced a three-dimensional version of the logo to outerwear, separates and accessories. The linear motif is printed all over lurex knit pants, men’s suiting and leather handbags. Neon hosiery even incorporates the Greca print, woven into sheer tights. Championing the classic A-line silhouette, womenswear including ethereal sheer gowns and silk blazers are belted at the waist. In classic Versace form, hemlines sit sky-high, prime examples being a gold diamanté frock and a fluorescent pink sheath cut in micro-mini proportions. Adding to the collection’s leg focus, chunky platform boots and ankle-strap pumps boast towering heels.
“I have realised that this is the future, the new way of communicating collections,” Donatella Versace said in a press statement about the industry’s move towards digital fashion weeks. “Models are like actors, they bring the designs to life, just like when a performer portrays a character. During the filming of this show I saw how important it is to give the models time to ‘feel’ the clothes they wear on the runway. Despite living in a digital era of immediacy, taking this time is crucial to form a genuine connection. This is what the present and future look like to me.”
Versace’s approach to colour for autumn/winter 2021 was bold and refreshing. The brand contrasted a foundation palette of black and brown with pops on neon red, yellow, blue, and fuchsia. We also loved Versace’s new approach to logo pieces by reintroducing the brand’s Greca motif in a minimal, infinity design that featured on most of the collection.
Accessories is where Versace often shines bright, and we are buzzing to get our hands on the house’s new opera gloves, hair accessories, and edit of structured mini bags covered in the updated Greca logo. And while the return of curve model Precious Lee to Versace is a wonderful sight, it would have been impressive if the brand used this season to introduce even more body diversity to its coveted catwalk.
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