Donatella Versace described her Spring 2013 collection as "subtle" — and hers is probably the only fashion house where metallic fringe laid over a gold minidress and belted at the waist qualifies as such.
When you step back a bit, though, this collection is noticeably pared down compared to what we've seen from Versace over the past few seasons. The prints are the first clue to that: save for two garments that feature the house's iconic medusa image as a motif, many of the other fabrics are gentle splotches or stripes of one color imposed over another. There are also a few dresses bedecked with metal studs and some tied together corset-style across diagonal slashes in the material. A few dresses featured lace embellishments and insets, and loose-cut, simple black jackets (yes, jackets) were certainly very subtle. But in this collection, they were among the standout pieces.