For its FW21 co-ed collection, Versace tells us to “Enter a Labyrinth”. The Italian brand designed a labyrinth catwalk inspired by its new Versace La Greca code. The new Versace La Greca code features the Greek Key along with the Versace logo in various sizes and color combinations. Models walked inside the dynamic and immersive maze sporting one of the most chaotic yet transcendent collections we’ve seen from Versace. Models, which included the likes of Bella and Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk and Adut Akech all walked through the elaborate set as the camera quickly spun and pan across the labyrinth.
Versace is known for its print-forward designs and this show turned that up to 11. Speaking of the new monogram, Versace stated “The geometric pattern has sharp angles, clean lines and a strong palette that represents power and self-confidence”. The monogram was chosen from an internal competition that was held by Donatella Versace. This entire collection felt the weight of her influence, printing the Versace logo and monogram on everything from the socks to the sunglasses, and even the tattoo hair do’s.
Womenswear saw a range of these sleek geometric prints used in both outerwear, formalwear and casual wear from jackets to slip dresses and leggings. The rounded shoulders and cinched waist designs reduce the volume of the silhouettes, allowing for a greater focus on the La Greca motif. Harnesses and metal mesh dresses give the appearance of armour and contrast brilliantly with the more sensual evening wear. Many of the models wore bandanas, platform boots as well as colourful eyeshadow, only adding to the playfulness of the looks.
In line with the chaotic nature of the show, the menswear offering consisted of an array of fits appealing to a broader male audience. Because after all, the Versace man is not one to be pinned down by trends or seasons. There were elements of sleek tailoring in all-over prints and softer fabrics as well as casual options seen in the flared trousers and printed shorts. The range of pieces clashed perfectly with the sharp and modern outerwear looks. The outerwear included printed fur coats and patent jackets, with many pieces featuring small rubber patches on the chest, resembling football badges.
Accessories adorned in the Greca design were also presented. From earrings, hairpins and jewellery, to La Greca bags. The bags featured logo hardware and customisable options including clip-on accessories and additional pockets. The design allows for personalisation, making each bag unique to its owner.
Overall, the collection itself showcased an evolution of Versace’s past styles, combining them all for the modern era. From the bold colours of the 60s and 70s, sleek tailoring of the 80s to the grungy looks of the 90s and even the glamour of the 2000s, Donatella Versace meshed decades of fashion into one eclectic show.
Watch the full show below.
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