Donatella Versace never shows up on a runway with just plain clothes. For every retrospective print, symbolic motif and sharp tailoring - there is always a connotation.
It’s not always as apparent as her donning her fierce, cat-eyed model brigade in politically charged uniforms calling for unity a few seasons back. However, the crux of Versace’s works remains: it is a brand by and for autonomous women.
The Virtus handbag line echoes this sentiment. A direct reference to the Roman deity of courage, strength, and excellence, these aspects are expressed through the many styles of the Virtus. Versace plays up the element of excellence with a central gold-tone metal Barocco letter V.
Attributing it to the women of ancient Rome who were encouraged to pursue an education and engage in discussions of philosophy, politics, and logic, Donatella puts the house’s and her own artistic bravado on display. She continues to dissect the brand’s extensive archive to find something new in the old.
Combing prints after prints using the Personal Alphabet, first debuting in Versace’s Spring / Summer 1992 extravaganza, Donatella adds her spin to it, as she reimagines the acanthus leaves from Gianni’s iconic Barocco into shimmering vines trailing the hardware.
A tribute to Virtus women whose strength and ambition know no bounds, supple calf leather is rendered into many silhouettes including tote, top handle, belt, shoulder and evening bags. In some designs, the material is quilted into a V-letter pattern which showcases the brand’s supreme leather craftsmanship.
Virtus also comes in a variety of colours such as turquoise, fuchsia, coral red, camel, black and white. Thus is Donatella Versace’s way of encouraging her vixens to be courageous and confident with their fashion choices, and, more importantly, unafraid of making mistakes.
Along with the bold colourway, smooth jacquard inserts with the V-letter motif embroidered in a metallic thread are a part of select models, giving it the next-level luxe treatment.
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