What a week! Yesterday we had a double whammy of tube strikes and miserable grey weather and things haven’t got much better today. It seems like half of Tesco HQ has been struck down with the winter lurgy , the office is a symphony of coughs and sniffles! What we need to perk us up is some glamour and no one does it better than Versace. The Versace show is always a firm favourite in the office; we just can’t resist some super-luxe Italian fashion. During Milan Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2011 season, we also had our eye on the diffusion label Versus which is now being designed by the UK’s very own Christopher Kane!
Next season, Versace are playing with proportions and opposites: short vs long, high vs low, plain vs patterned and dull vs bright. High-waisted, below the knee demure skirts were paired with very short, sharp tailored jackets, big buttons and patent details adding extra interest. Solid colours which as whites, reds, turquoise were used as well as PVC inlays or sculpted shapes cut into fabrics. The basis of the many prints seen was the Versace Greek fret motif which was repeated as a decorative pattern rather than a logo. One of my favourite looks was the fringed dresses. The fringing was used extensively and at different lengths which looked amazing as the models moved down the runway, the movement was almost mesmerising.
The Versus collection by Christopher Kane was typical Kane, with lots of floral and tartan prints. The colour palette was very bright with lots of yellow, green, purple, orange and blue. He also introduced texture with the use of mesh and knitwear for a more casual, almost grungy look. The second look (tartan dress) was my favourite look.