The lights above the Versace runway were shaped into a "V," and that's how we knew the Spring 2017 collection would be signature Donatella. "This show is for women taking chances. Take the leap," were the words that echoed over a bumping beat (an exclusive track written by Violet & Photonz) as models stormed the catwalk. We were right: the new line is as sexy as we've come to expect from the fashion house, but it takes a sporty turn.
Donatella's iconic cutouts were everywhere — at the neckline, over the hip bone, to reveal a slip of thigh — but these pieces came in nylon. Some minidresses and coordinate sets were even covered with long windbreakers, the updated robe, if you will. These blew by the front row, catching the wind, stirring everyone to action.
As far as prints go, wavy shapes morphed with a checkerboard pattern in bright green, purple, yellow, and red. Lines zoomed down power suits, cut to flatter the figure. And while everyone's showing track sets these days, the Versace version stood out. Jackets were lifted into cropped bombers to bare the midriff and leggings were notably tight. Sequined minis and sparkly panels added a feminine touch, proving there's always room for experimentation.
Donatella's muses were all in attendance, including Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid, Hanne Gaby, and Naomi Campbell. But it was Gigi Hadid who closed the show in a look with all the details: shimmer, a short hemline, sheer panels, and one sporty anorak, confirming that the ultimate Versace girl really has it all.