Paying homage to the brand’s heritage and craftsmanship, the Fall Winter collection glances back at its numerous iconic archival pieces.
March 14, 2023: Inspired by the energy and allure of Hollywood, Versace recently revealed its Fall Winter 2023 collection, which conveys the true essence of modernism, combined with an old glamor. The show took place at the rooftop of Pacific Design Centre in Los Angeles, fully suggestive of the brand’s panache, and its passion to create the same for its wearer.
Taking a subtle turn to the 1995 Versace Spring-Summer collection, dresses with folded structural busts, fluted necklines, and rounded shoulders were introduced. Signature Versace straight-shouldered tailoring enhances an hourglass shape. Box-pleat A-line skirts and dresses show expertise in cut with frontal projected kick volumes.
The collection has something for everyone – from streamlined jackets that one can see on bureaucrats, to frilly dresses in candy pink, to evening glamor gowns.
In fact, in a star moment, singer Lady Gaga picked a dress right off the ramp for her appearance at Oscars 2023!
Throughout the collection, material juxtaposition of bouclé wool, and double silk duchesse, crocodile motif in semi-transparent silk devoré, and signature Barocco in jacquard wool and shirting poplin was seen.
Band and belt details pay tribute to house codes with archival ‘nastro Gianni’ stitching and the Medusa ’95 hardware—a version of the House Medusa signature debuted in the 1995 Atelier Versace campaign starring Madonna. Animal prints from the Versace archive, including crocodile and dalmatian, appeared in the collection.
On the bags and accessories front, the same prints, patterns and materials surfaced. From eco nylon bags, crocodile shearling to Versace hobo bag style and crackle leather finish, the collection has been quite an intriguing one.
With most looks featuring black as the main color palette, other shades such as caramel and chocolate add a subtle dimension. Anthracite gray, dahlia apricot, turquoise and pink add pop and glam to the ramp.
Performer Lady Gaga wore this look for her appearance at the Academy Awards 2023 - straight off the ramp!
The collection not only reminds one of Versace’s iconic heritage, but also its imagination and spirit of creativity. It speaks of confidence as much as muted elegance.
- By Pritha Debroy