Milan: Donatella Versace admirably never follows the crowd, and her seductive body-con looks were in stark contrast to the billowy, romantic styles that have characterized the Milan shows thus far. Stark white, turquoise and sand, as well as the Greek key motif, a Versace signature, gave the collection a Mediterranean feel, but vinyl insets, glossy leather, industrial brights and layered printing techniques added a futuristic overtone. Skin-tight sheaths and pencil skirts – some with a daringly high front slit – extended just below the knee, a new length for Versace, but kicky dresses with A-line skirts were in characteristically short styles. Halter tops swooped in toward the chest for more skin-show, and crop tops paired with matching skirts left a narrow strip of midriff uncovered. Wide tabs that extended to oversized buttons added a touch of innocence to the severely sexy looks. Swinging fringe, which appeared at the end of the show – first as a detail for printed dresses, then allover for evening looks – added a bit of movement to the structured collection.

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