MILAN–Versace’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection was set to a rock rendition of the famous Habanera aria from Bizet’s Carmen. Fitting, since, like Carmen, Versace’s girls were fiery vamps who looked ready to seduce or kick ass. Or do both at the same time. The models were styled severely: Their hair was slicked back tight until it glistened and their brows were defined to the point of looking angry. It was as if Donatella had assembled a fierce sexed-up army.
The uniform? Body-con mini dresses with cut outs galore (at the hips, shoulders and back) in white, then black leather, then red, then a multicolor striped print. There were knee-length pencil skirts too, paired with cropped fitted jackets. Versace’s signature Greek fret motif ran throughout the collection, blown up as cut outs on leather jackets and dresses, or shrunk down around skinny belts. The stand out looks were, unsurprisngly, the evening wear dresses at the finale–floor length numbers all in fringe that celeb attendee (and Versace-devotee) January Jones will no doubt be wearing on the red carpet soon.
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