Impeccable military tailoring and prints
Versace Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2016 @ Milan Fashion Week
With long-time Versace muses Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum sitting front row, the soundtrack kicked off with a proclamation: “This song is dedicated to women everywhere regardless of color, religion, sexuality, or what sex they were born with.” Donatella Versace took inspiration from the soundtrack’s call for all women to rid of inner demons and take control towards ‘the direction of their dreams’.
Though the first two looks were similar – army green jackets, Versace lion duo tone belts, sky high sandals and not much else, I was still instantly captivated by the long legged sergeants in their sexy military tailored jackets! Worn by Raquel Zimmermann and Lexi Boling, the two looks set the tone for the entire collection, evoking a sense of powerful strong women with sex appeal.
And from there, it moved on to eye-catching camouflage prints in loud contrasting colours, structured dresses with oversized stiff sleeves, and even loose pants that reminded me of PJs! Of course it wouldn’t be as Versace if it didn’t have gowns that show a lot of skin, mixed in..
Hair was designed by Guido Palau and makeup by makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath. Donatella Versace wanted to have singularity among models, so the hair was kept simple and uniform, with most models’ long hair parted in the middle, and the makeup was natural but elegant.
But also, in keeping with the military theme, a couple of models were sporting buzz cuts!
The accessories were spot on as well, including the leather bags, clutches and some rather comfortable looking shoes! Gasp! Clogs anyone?
But the highlight for me was the strong, military styling on the models. I think this goes back to when I was a kid, being fascinated by strong female villains in movies such as these:
See the amazing Karla Fry in BHC2:
So thank you, Donatella, for the trip down memory lane and for reminding me how old I am!