MILAN--As Versace is getting ready to launch its much awaited collaboration with H&M (it will reportedly be a compilation of the brand’s most iconic moments), the Italian label chooses to move away for a second from its trademark prints for spring 2012. Last night's show was sexy (as always) but also soft at times, with a serious Little Mermaid vibe.
At first sight, the clothes just screamed sexy: skirts of questionable length paired with cropped tops or just a bra, plenty of belly on show, and Pisa-high heels complete with lucite platforms--a tongue-in-cheek nod to Show Girls perhaps.
Then studded or glitter starfish and seahorse motifs began popping up throughout the collection on a pastel palate well-suited for a newborn's room.
The second wave of influence, a tad more rock’n roll, poured onto the catwalk midway throughout the show: monochrome black or white leather ensembles, equally as diminutive, confidently marched down, covered in thick golden studs.
At times, softer elements were introduced, such as light pleated layers on skirts and toga-like dresses.
Ariel wished she could be "a part of that world." And we have a feeling folks will want to be a part of Donatella Versace's world after this collection. We can see the queues forming at H&M already...
**All photos: Imaxtree