At Versace, All-Star Casting and an Athletic Vibe Made for an Electric Fall Show

Donatella's model lineup might prove to be the best of the season.
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A look from Versace's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Versace's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

We've grown a little tired of hearing about "girl squads" lately, especially since many of the the Instagram-documented love fests that dominate pop culture and the fashion world seem shallow and lacking in loyalty. But if there's one power woman who stays true to her ladies, it's bona fide icon Donatella Versace, who brought out some of the modeling industry's biggest — and most elusive — faces to walk in her fall 2016 show in Milan on Friday evening. 

Current campaign star Gigi Hadid opened and closed, but in between, superstars from generations (and Versace ads) past made surprise appearances, like Natasha Poly, Mariacarla Boscono, Adriana Lima and Malgosia Bela. Of course, there were plenty of Victoria's Secret Angel and "Instagirl" cameos, along with some well-established favorites (Julia Stegner, Jamie Bochert) and promising up-and-comers. But the common threads that bind them together in the eyes of Donatella are their strength, individuality and drive — qualities that define the Versace woman every season.

For fall 2016, the label focused on the aforementioned buzzwords — strength and individuality — and created an urban-leaning collection for a woman on the go, and that can take her from day to night. The first looks out were beautifully tailored, utilitarian coats — essential pieces for daily life in the city. What followed was more casual and sporty, like brightly patterned silk shirting, slim trousers paired with jackets and crop tops, athletic ribbed knits in shades like bubblegum pink, acid yellow and baby blue, as well as some street-smart leather dresses, jackets and miniskirts. To add an extra element of athlesiure, models wore elastic headbands and striped knit bands as chokers.

The outerwear was particularly impressive, from ombré furs, to a cozy black shearling, to a bright pink belted trench, to a grey patent leather coat lined with pink fur, modeled by Kendall Jenner. Of course, the Versace girl is no stranger to the party scene, and nightlife lovers will likely be drawn to the neon-and-pastel sequined minidresses and slinky silk gowns, accented with jagged sheer inserts and cutouts. Though, they may want to pack some double-stick tape so as to avoid a nip slip like the one Hadid experienced on the runway. For bad girls like Lexi Boling who prefer to wear sweaters to the club, bright sequins adorned some hole-y black knits, too. 

It's clear that Versace had all sorts of women in mind while creating this collection, but at the end of the day, she set out to make things that are fun to wear and, most importantly, exude confidence. While we may not join the ranks of Donatella's all-star squad in earnest, we'll at least be able to dress the part come fall.