If there's one thing Donatella Versace knows (besides the virtues of hair bleach and self-tanner) it's the power of the female form. And she showed no restraint in harnessing that power for her Fall 2012 show.
For fall 2012, Versace's woman has a dark, Gothic side: she had short baby bangs and bleached brows--very Lisbeth Salander--and has a penchent for black leather and crosses. First out there were leather dresses outfitted in sparkly studs, which contoured the body--similar to the sought after Versace for H&M dress. I loved the black-and-white scribble print on a skintight dress with scooped back and mock turtleneck. Crosses figured prominently as an ornate cross was printed on tops and dresses, and a more abstract T-shape worked its way onto dresses. Towards the end, dresses were embellished with what looked like very sparkly chainmail. Both the crosses and the chainmail, recalled (at least to me) the 11th century Crusaders. I might be reaching too far back with that one, but there was definitely a warrior vibe to the collection--albeit a glamorous, feminine warrior.
My hunch was confirmed when the last set of looks came out with stiff bodices, and corset detailing offset by flashes of contoured silver around the waist and breasts. The message was clear: These gowns are armor. And judging by the way the models moved in the gowns, or rather the way the bodices didn't move, while they walked the runway it was clear that the super-stiff corsets were hard enough to offer some protection. And who doesn't need that?