Milan: Versace’s collaboration with young designer Christopher Kane has lent the Versus line a much-needed fresh eye, an injection of intuitive trend-awareness within the structure of an established brand. Although the label’s historic body-consciousness remains, Kane picked up on the movement toward 90s patterns and cuts, incorporating a vibrant plaid and bold mini-floral with the current craze for pieced construction. Head-to-toe plaids reminiscent of Kane’s native Scotland were lightened by sheer chiffon grounds, while clean, graphic silhouettes gave an edge to retro flower prints. Key pieces included dresses, both long and short, in primary colored patterns that were so saturated they seemed to vibrate. Judging by Kane’s ability to lead market trends with his own collection, fans of Versus will be lining up to get a piece of this directional, yet easily understood collection.

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