Versace Pre-Fall 2013

Versace Pre-Fall 2013

New York: Donatella Versace has toyed with minimalism in the past, but for Pre-Fall she went back to Versace’s roots, offering seductive fare with plenty of opulent details. The baroque era, a key touch point for the label, inspired the filigreed prints and patterns, while studs and furs gave the looks a rock and roll edge. Donatella cited the two themes, baroque and rock, when describing the collection. She cheekily combined the words, giving it the title “Barock.” The designer used embroidery, beading, and printing to add the gold filigree to the garments. An image of the label’s mascot, the Medusa, was appliquéd onto a tee and embellished with gold beads – graphic tee, Versace-style. Though there were plenty of after-dark items, including sexy dresses, sheer tops, and show stopping furs, Donatella also provided a range of pieces that would be appropriate for day. Her narrow pantsuits, in particular, were a highlight, and a long-sleeved printed shirtdress could easily transition from the office to cocktails.–Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Hourglass / Long and lean / A-line / Columnar

Color: Magenta / Black / Gold / Ice blue / Blush / Pinkish tan / Royal purple / Mauve / Caramel

Key Items: Narrow pantsuits / Printed shirtdress / Shaggy fur coats / Filigree print slip dress

Materials: Printed silks / Silk jersey / Jacquard / Lustrous charmeuse / Shaggy furs / Mink / Shiny suitings / Leather / Lace

Print + Pattern: Gold filigree (sometimes mixed with leopard) / Medusa heads

Details + Trim: Beading / Gold embroidery / Lace appliques / Gold buttons / Gathering / Gold beaded fringe

Accessories + Footwear: Opulent gold necklaces / Beaded bracelets / Chunky gold rings / Gold metal belts / Wide leather belts with large gold clasps / Patent or embroidered top-handle bags / Pointy-toe pumps / Embroidered tall boots / Ankle-strap booties


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