The Clothes: Donatella Versace doesn’t do sexy in a subtle way–and Spring 2013 was no exception (even though apparently Donatella told WWD before the show that this was her take on subtle). There were see-through lacy garments and, of course, finale gowns with plunging necklines.
The first looks consisted of lacy, see-through tops-and-bottoms in nude or black–a lingerie touch. Improbably, they had a kind of business casual vibe to them: Many were topped with black blazers, and tough-looking black belts. The accessories–black knee-high gladiator sandals (which are definitely a thing this season) and smart black clutches–also kept the look grounded. The collection later transitioned into more intrinsically Versace territory–that is if Versace had a party at a Fleetwood Mac concert in California in the ’70s. Tiny crinkly black lace slip dresses and tie-dyed mini-frocks in blue, orange and pink. Two gold hardware-embellished minis particularly screamed Versace to me. But my favorite looks were the last: Dresses in a dusty gold palette adorned with shiny, metal fringe that swayed hypnotically as the model moved on the runway.
The Hair & Makeup: Hair was long and lose and eyes were seriously smoky.
The Soundtrack: A random mash-up of different hit songs and genres: The Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ both somehow got airtime.
The Vibe: Two trees, blooming with gardenias, broke up the runway.
Celebrity W’d Most Like to See Wearing It: Jennifer Lopez.
WTF Moment: One poor model had to walk the length of the runway with her boob out.