The space, which we’re used to seeing kitted out spectacularly for a Marc Jacobs or Victoria’s Secret show, looked like a dark industrial warehouse. It was pulsing with loud music and filled to the brim with club kids–a disproportionate number of which were wearing long overall dresses and not much else (or did we just see that one guy everywhere). Anyone old enough to have been a rave kid in the ’90s would have been feeling some serious deja vu. Of course, most of the crowd was too young for that to have been a possibility. Except for Woody Allen, who was inexplicably there with his wife Soon-Yi Previn, and who probably never attended a rave as it would have induced serious anxiety. (Maybe he and Donatella go way back? I just don’t know.)
Confessed “music addict” Versace delivered on her promise to link the line to music (rapper Angel Haze, hard rock group Dead Sara, and Grimes all performed) and on her promise not to show Versus as a traditional fashion show. Models were prepared in a clear backstage box that lit up unexpectedly between musical acts. Versace herself was backstage, stomping around in platform boots and skin-tight leather pants, giving emphatic direction to models before they walked.
J.W. Anderson’s capsule collection for Versus was revealed for the first time on a runway that wrapped around the “club”. The line has a very androgynous club kid look. Male models were styled with heavy shimmery eye makeup, tiaras, and rubber bands tied around their skinny upper arms to drive the point home. There were plenty of sexy, asymmetrical, slouchy-but-still-clingy, slashed black separates, as well as a few much-needed shocks of color on knit dresses and tops which had sheer bits of lace mixed in.
Click through to see the collection, as well as the red carpet arrivals (including Joe Jonas, Mena Suvari, and, obviously, Woody Allen.)