Versace // Pre Fall 2018 Ready to Wear

Sharp tailoring is Donatella’s cup of tea. Here, she indulged in contrasts, mixing the opulent with the strict, the unruly with the controlled. Baroque and Neoclassical prints exploded on tight dresses, oversize sweaters, city coats, and abbreviated padded bombers, but she kept the energy surplus in check with streamlined, uncomplicated shapes. Black was a healthy counterbalance to such abundant chromatic stimulation; the sensuality of dévoré velvet gave fluid pajama suits a soft touch. Still, the collection was a decorative tour de force; swirls and curlicues were embroidered with Swarovski crystals on net tulle leggings and bodysuits that exuded a steaming sex appeal. Very Versace, indeed. To borrow a line from the press notes, “Lie back, relax, and cause trouble.”