Versace plays with prints and leather for its spring/summer designs
By Giulia Segreti
MILAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Italy's Versace played with bold
prints, patchwork and leather in its spring/summer 2019 women's
collection in a star-studded show on Friday, the third day of
Milan's fashion week.
Singers Leona Lewis, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, model Rosie
Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer
Chiara Ferragni were all in the front row of an enormous
industrial space in the modern CityLife neighbourhood where the
runway show was held.
Pale yellow walls formed a background to a carpeted floor
that echoed some of the prints used in the collection - coloured
stripes, bright flowers over pinstripes, checks, roses and small
flowers mimicking animal prints.
"The style of the Versace woman is so recognisable that it
need not be explained. She is not afraid of showing her
personality and she is extremely feminine and confident," read a
style note by the fashion house, known for its daring, sexy
Close-fitting silhouettes, ruched flared trousers and
layered looks, with tulle mini-dresses paired with silk-printed
longer ones, designed by Artistic Director and Vice-President
Donatella Versace, paraded down the catwalk in orange, violet
and lime colours.
"The all-over prints of the clothes are overlapped with neat
nonchalance," the note said.
For the evening, Versace flaunted a black satin tuxedo
paired with flared trousers, or knee-length leather skirts with
Celebrity model Bella Hadid, who walked the show with sister
Gigi, wore a tight one-shouldered mini dress in yellow leather
and matching sneakers.
Nineties supermodel Shalom Harlow closed the show, donning a
long tulle dress with colourful flower embellishments that
flared out in a transparent, sparkly black skirt.
Some of the models carried big boxed bags that echoed
old-fashioned travel trunks, or large PVC shopping bags
emblazoned with Versace writing. On their feet they wore chunky
sneakers, college shoes, or square-heeled sandals, while their
ears featured big flower-shaped ear-cuffs matched with hairpins.
(Reporting by Giulia Segreti, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)
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