Versace FW24 Review: Runway Rebels

Donatella Versace takes the business of spectacle seriously, and her latest show contained a bit of everything you'd expect from her

Donatella Versace takes the business of spectacle seriously. Her FW24 show, held at the Mico Milano Convention Center, had an arena atmosphere, as guests traversed a vast carpeted auditorium to take their seats.

Soon, the opening model was making the same voyage, crossing the darkened auditorium and ascending a heavenly white staircase before hitting the looping runway. She, and the first few models to walk, wore slim black dresses and shirts with prim white colors. They were followed by tweed coats, jackets and shirts, the material reemerging from Versace’s archive. There was a bit of everything you’d expect from a Versace show, really: Baroque-printed silk shirts; tight corseted leather dresses; gold chain belts and ornamentation.

The soundtrack was all rock and roll, with the finale walk set to Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Carcass.” Siouxsie Sioux was clearly an inspiration for the rebels on the runway, with their punk hairstyles and slicks of black liquid eyeliner – men included. They walked with total confidence, not because they knew they looked sexy, but because they knew they were wearing clothing of undeniable quality.

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