Have been waiting for this gem for 15 years..I remember watching Style with Elsa Klensch’s report on Milan Fashion Week Fall/ Winter 1997 and being mesmorized a the Gianni Versace Collection. So modern, so elegant, minimal yet exiting. He changed his runway format from fashion concert to no supermodels except his beloved Naomi, with little make-up on the fresh girls and a simple presentation featuring wearable clothes inspired by contemporary art and light. The energy was still there in the bold casting and the techno metal mesh finale of course. I was also happy to see Elsa Benitez closed the show, my fave new girl at the time because she was from Mexico. The direction Gianni Versace was going was a bold new one, designers like Miuccia Prada and Tom Ford had ushered in a new kind of “minimal” luxe and it was interesting to see how the King of Excess was changing with the times. This is the Gianni Versace I remember the most, a very intellectual designer sharply focusing on tailoring, silhoutte, and use of color and light. Tragically this would be Gianni’s last Ready to Wear Collection, but we are left with these great images of a man and his craft at the top of his game, R.I.P Gianni Versace
Loved the Versace SS 2015 reference to Gianni’s last show, being the first time the house did an archival of the F/W 97 collection. With the new Versus and this recent collection, Donatella has solidified the Versace brand for years to come as the go to luxury line for the jet set, rock and roll millionaires. In 2017 she will celebrate her 20 years as head of Versace and I hope she delves into her own archives. Starting from her first two collections of SS 98’ & FW 98 as-well as the legendary SS 2000 revived for a new Versace obsessed generation.