Long Live Gianni Versace

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At the show: from left, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Donatella Versace, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen.

This is what LEGENDARY looks like, Donatella Versace’s power move at fashion week is a moment that we’ll remember for decades to come. A celebration of a genius, Gianni Versace, and an opportunity to do something.

Gianni and Donatella Versace in New York in the 1990s. Photograph: Rose Hartman/Getty Images

It has been twenty years since Mr. Versace tragic death; as he was shot and killed on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion. Just in time for the anniversary of his death, Donatella Versace created her Tribute collection, an ode to the work of her brother, Gianni Versace. Debuted in Milan, this collection is “Versace past through the eyes of Versace present”, said Vanessa Friedman, New York Times Fashion critic.

In the archives of 1991 and 1997, she presented a collection that celebrated 12 classic prints created by Gianni Versace himself. Including the “Warhol”, the animalière (leopard), and the baroque. Every garment labeled with notes of the collection origin and year. As the basis for this collection, the new silhouettes spoke loudly as an unrestrained spirit.

“The difference between my brother and me is I also love women and think clothes are a good weapon to show ‘here I am, look at me,’ ” she said, “But for me, it’s not ‘look at me, I am so gorgeous,’ but ‘look at me, I have something to say.’ (NYTimes)

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Versace, Spring 2018 Collection. Photograph: Alessandro Grassani

Classic prints and your favorite ‘90s supermodels, who could ask for more.

With rumors circulating that Donatella was going to step aside as designer and name a successor, she knew the risks that would become her spring women’s wear fashion show. “This is not my last show, I’m not leaving the company,” she had announced back in Via Gesù. Completing her take on her brother’s work, the Tribute collection is so much more than a collection. The Tribute collection is Donatella’s liberation as a statement of what is next to come.

Photograph: Venturelli/WireImage

Versace invented the supermodel, selecting a few chosen models to elevate them to Gianni’s ideal glamazon. These elite models became goddesses, creating draped dresses for the perfect women to wear them. Ms. Versace invited her brother’s favorite five original supermodels- Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, and former French first lady Carla Bruni- a finale to reenact one of the most iconic Gianni Versace’s 1994 ad campaign by Richard Avedon. A fitting tribute as the centerpiece of the Versace show, soundtracked by George Michael’s Freedom.

Front Row: Designers Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino and Alessandro Michele of Gucci; Anthony Vaccarello of YSL, one of the designers who worked with Ms. Versace in the past on her second line, Versus; and Mr. Jones.

What do you think would Gianna Versace say Donatella Versace’s Tribute collection?

Courtney Wilkins

Celebrity Interviewer & Fashion Blogger

I am a Multimedia Journalist. I specialize in fashion but have a background in social media, editorial styling, content curation, and video production across print, digital and social platforms. As a Curator, I bring a fresh perspective which exposes creative innovative fashion visionaries.

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