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Versace Fall 2020: a Supermodel-Studded Optical Illusion

Donatella Versace's first co-ed runway show was full of loud prints, metal mesh, and party-ready eveningwear.
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Versace is all about unapologetic maximalism, and this season at Milan Fashion Week, the house took its roots into a bold new era. After guests entered the space at Piazza Lina Bo Bardi to find themselves staring at a massive fashion fun house mirror, Donatella Versace's first co-ed line hypnotized the crowd with flashy prints, leather, ultra-mini dresses, and a healthy dose of sparkle. 

A season after breaking the internet by having Jennifer Lopez reprise her iconic Grammys jungle dress, Versace Fall 2020 went a bit more subdued (for Versace, that is). While there was no showstopping celebrity moment this time around, there were plenty of supermodels, as well as mesmerizing teasers that featured a distorted, zebra-patterned statue of the Virtus V, which had an optical illusion effect and foreshadowed the plethora of animal prints across the collection.  

Once the show started, the mirror switched to mesmerizing animations, with Donatella Versace herself being the star of it all. She opted to start the show by projecting various images of her face onto the screen as a series of platinum blonde models entered in monochromatic black outfits, creating an otherworldly effect of uniformity.

But anyone familiar with Versace knew things would not stay so monochrome for long: the eclectic collection transitioned to showcase a series of preppy looks, athleisure perfect for the customer who's also coveting Supreme Oreos, a limitless supply of anoraks, metal mesh, and little black dresses, all embodying the house's signature maximalism. It's also clear that mini bags are not going anywhere next season, as the collection showcased a series of tiny Virtus bags, often coupled with a larger version because, as fun as these are, sometimes you need to carry around more than just an AirPod or two.

The supermodel-studded cast included Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner, the Hadid sisters, and Irina Shayk, among many other favorites. Bella Hadid's party-ready dress made a statement with its ultra-mini length and shimmering green stripes. On the other side, Gerber's inner lioness shone in an oversized animal-print coat, major sunglasses, and a slip dress with disfigured V designs that referenced more-is-more glamour from the '70s and '80s. Nostalgia from a range of decades was evident in the Versace Fall 2020 collection, but together with the optical illusions, the maximalist show created an altogether new era of style. It was a bold first foray into co-ed collections for the house, and while we may not have a clear picture of exactly what 2020s fashion will be just yet, unapologetic personality is clearly key.

See all the looks from Versace Fall 2020 in the gallery below.


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