Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-Wear
September 24, 2016
Donatella Versace centered this collection around sportswear saying, “sportswear is the future of fashion; to make it unique and luxurious is the challenge I took this season. This is a collection that is all about a woman’s freedom: freedom of movement, freedom of activity, freedom to fight for their ideas, freedom to be whomever you want to be.”
The ultra-lightweight nylon has been worked to create a beautiful draping effect, making it billowy and luxurious. Tailoring in technical jersey sculpts the form, confirmed by a harness belt. Drawstring pulls control the volume of nylon sleeveless dresses, creating ruching that sinuously contours the form. Bonded waterproofs are given Versace attitude: the mac is cropped, the skirt is mid-calf and fluid, with a trim of see-through plastic.
A new print clashes checkerboards with fresh Versace lettering, while another new print is like the swirl of baroque waves on a powerful ocean. Below-the-knee dresses are liberated by high slashes, pleats and wrapped panels, allowing ease and energy in movement. Strips of specially-created lace trim Versace essentials such as tanks, sweatshirts, shirts and skirts, the lace edges left free to ripple in the air. Versace crystal chain mail is embroidered to create a new mesh, its fluidity echoing in crepe wrap dresses held by a buckle with flowing straps. Platform sandals have functional straps, while high heel platforms hold the foot with scuba.