Snob Essentials

Versace Fall 2011

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This was a collection that seduced, not sizzled. Which isn’t exactly a bad thing, depending on who you ask. Donatella Versace, for fall, showed exactly how adept her hand is at the art of design, not for one moment forgoing glamour in favor of the dreaded P word: practicality. This show very much emphasized the idea of military precision: note the coats with bold, gold Medusa head hardware that was undeniably chic, the same which could be said for the multiple LBDs, some fashioned in a swirl of woven leather. In lieu of the flowers she explored for spring, Versace chose an element closer to home, wrapping wide serpentine stripes around the sheaths. Again, there was the requisite long coat with fur sleeves (are you getting the idea yet?). As for the finale, well it may not have been the typical parade of gowns we’re used to at a Versace show, but it was drop dead gorgeous. One bejeweled stunner, a simple column with spaghetti straps in the back, was fresh, modern and the definition of glamour.

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