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Versace Taps Professional Skater for Holiday 2021 Campaign

Versace Taps Professional Skater for Holiday 2021 Campaign

ICE CAPADES: Versace has tapped Italian professional skater Rebecca Ghilardi to lead the glamorous sport team fronting its holiday 2021 campaign.Wearing a minidress in the La Greca pattern and holding the Medusa bag in a vibrant red tone, Ghilardi is captured by photographer Camille Summers-Valli performing spins and pirouettes under the snow. 
Inspired by the ice skating sport, other images include models Stella Maxwell and Malika Louback striking dynamic poses in various Versace outfits, including leggings, corsetry-inspired tops, graphic sweaters and crystal mesh minidresses. The set is also decorated with cushions in Baroque prints, as well as maxi duvet blankets.

Versace Holiday 2021 campaign
Courtesy of Versace

Highlighting the Italian brand’s graphic flamboyancy, Versace has just unveiled at the Shanghai IAPM mall a pop-up store embellished with an allover La Greca pattern. The temporary store was inaugurated with a special performance by musicians Karencici, ICE and J.Sheon. 

As reported, Versace fans this holiday season will have the chance to entertain themselves with the “Versace Catwalk: The Complete Collections” tome, a new addition to the successful Catwalk book series, published in the U.K. by Thames & Hudson and in the U.S. by Yale University Press. 
The book, available from this month, retraces the history of the brand founded in 1987 in Milan by the late designer Gianni Versace, whose legacy, after his tragic death in 1997, has been carried on by his sister Donatella, currently Versace’s chief creative officer.
The tome collects 1,200 catwalk images illustrating 120 lineups, with brief texts introducing the brand and each runway collection.
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Retailers Praise Return to Live, Creative Shows in Milan

Retailers Praise Return to Live, Creative Shows in Milan

MILAN — Stellar, creative, full of energy and buzzy were some of the terms used by retailers to describe Milan Fashion Week. The freedom to be able to attend shows and presentations in person was welcomed after the peak of the pandemic, and the fashion and accessories collections for spring did not disappoint.“Returning to Milan, the city from which we all departed in a confused and apprehensive hurry 18 months ago, has come to an incredible and welcome full circle,” said Linda Fargo, senior vice president fashion and store presentation director, Bergdorf Goodman. “We’re here as a tighter team, but we’re here and happy to be back amongst partners and product. The city is vibrant with hope and activity. The collections, perhaps reflecting two different takeaways on the pandemic, swung from peaceful and calming to ecstatic and borderline euphoric. Milan has been liberating, as the collections seek to express the better times here and ahead.”

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“Milan had a great energy,” said Tiffany Hsu, fashion buying director at Mytheresa. “It was colorful, sexy and buzzy and full of glamour — a real celebration of the return to the physical fashion week.”
Retailers also praised how brands were creative in offering new formats and concepts, such Prada’s simultaneous show in Milan and Shanghai, Marni’s inclusive take, the Monclergenius broadcast and the Versace and Fendi swap for pre-fall.
A sexy vibe and attitude ran through the collections, with trends ranging from miniskirts and bra tops to crochet knits and vibrant colors, as well as platform sandals. Prada, Fendi and Versace were among the brands that ranked high on the list of retailers.
Here, a roundup of reactions:
Roopal Patel, senior vice president and fashion director, Saks Fifth Avenue
General comment on the season: It feels so good to be back in Milan. This week has been full of high energy, creativity and an incredible lineup of fashion. Being able to see the designer’s vision come to life in person and having the opportunity to exchange ideas in real time is irreplaceable. This week has been incredibly stimulating with a stellar lineup of collections, shows and events that really made the city feel alive during this period of change that we’re living in. Milan was full of energy, positive vibes and incredible fashion.
Favorite collections: Versace was definitely one of the best collections of the week. Donatella is really thinking outside of the box and bringing Versace to life for the next generation with fresh designs that incorporate fundamentals of the brand including the iconic Versace scarf print. The collection was an explosion of color and felt like the epitome of today’s Versace woman. With Dua Lipa opening and closing the show and making her mark as a new muse of the brand, the entire experience felt seductive and fresh. Prada’s presentation with simultaneous runway shows in Milan and Shanghai was epic and a sign of the times that we’re living in. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons are pushing boundaries with virtual technology as we continue to look at fashion on a more global basis and strive to create a fashion community that is accessible to everyone. Other standout collections included Fendi, Moncler, Brunello Cucinello and La Double J.

Best presentation: Moncler’s immersive Mondogenius event hosted by Alicia Keys was incredible. It’s amazing to see how brands like Moncler and Prada are utilizing technology to make fashion more inclusive and connect audiences from different parts of the world.
Trendspotting: There was a strong presence of nomadic vibes on the runway this season, with crochet, fringe and embroidery reminiscent of the global traveler. We also saw a shift in proportion with the return of the miniskirt at Prada and minidresses across the runways. Similar to NYFW, there was a ton of skin on the runway, with bikini tops, cutouts and crop tops, as well as the return of glam eveningwear with sequins and embellishment. We also saw a fresh play on tailoring with everything from soft tailoring to structured blazers and jackets. For shoes and accessories, there was a focus on platforms, wedges, strappy sandals, and minimal top handle bags.
Must-have item: Something off the Versace runway.

Linda Fargo, senior vice president fashion and store presentation director, Bergdorf Goodman
Favorite collections: Fendi, the week’s opener, opened with all-white tailored looks, then morphing into a trippy, floaty vibe. We were further calmed by Jil Sander’s soothing clean lines, soft hues and comfortable volumes. Max Mara underlined the quiet luxe trend, too, but made fresh with short lengths and the modern new proportions. Prada, once again, was the One to Watch, as the creative partnership between Raf and Miuccia proved so interesting and fruitful.
Best presentation concept: Prada’s labyrinth of screens made for the most powerful setting of the week and served the oh-so-relevant livestream needs. Marni‘s ultimate audience-participation, [immersive] show, was another big-format shoutout.
Trendspotting: Proportion played a key takeaway in Milan, like small skirts against a larger jacket, and was a big note to selves. The mini crystallized here as one of the most important new directions, as longer lengths are finally losing their hold on us. Signs of life were everywhere and most evident in all the joyous color which went from vivid to outright electric! Neons are emerging in an important way, seen full on fun at Versace, and working its way into ready-to-party heels at Gianvito Rossi and Jimmy Choo. High heels have also finally returned. It was remarkable how many collections wanted to go to that Happy Place, where and when life will be fun and safe again and there will be new found freedoms. Trending trippy graphics assisted in the vision.

Must-have items: Toned abs and legs are the new must-have, to be worn with the item of the season, the bra top and the new short lengths. Freedom seekers are letting it all come out now, as bareness and body confidence and the joy of sexiness explode.

Prada, spring 2022
Aitor Rosás Suné/WWD

Sam Lobban, SVP of Designer and New Concepts, Nordstrom
Favorite collections: We loved the whole vibe of the Fendi show and the nods to the ’20s as well as the ’70s styling cues that felt thoroughly modern and relevant. The collection showcased a fresh feeling of luxury through Kim Jones’ use of color, fabrication and graphic pattern. Jil Sander was elevated but fun with really interesting fabrications, textures and colors. We thought the balance in the show of more tailored looks, knit crochet pieces and sequin slips felt wearable and real. Brunello Cucinelli’s younger, sportier collection was rich in luxury as always, but with a very strong fresh new layer added. It was exciting to see Moncler’s new Genius collections which were strong across the board, both from returning guest designers as well as new ones, particularly Dingyun Zhang. We loved, as always, Versace going all out Versace. The colors, the prints, the silks, the sexiness — it was a great collection.
Best presentation concept: The simultaneous double show concept at Prada was super cool, directly speaking to global fashion and the world today. There was a masculine/feminine edginess which felt super fresh, from the miniskirts and duchesse silks to the distressed leather and the use of black and gray against bright color pops. Another very strong chapter in the Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons story for Prada.

Marissa Galante Frank, fashion director for accessories and beauty, Bloomingdale’s 

Favorite collections: Prada’s show had a powerful concept and collection that demonstrated the importance of moving fashion forward. They balanced sexy and chic with combinations like miniskirts styled back to sensible heel heights and oversize leather jackets with nothing underneath. I loved Fendi’s retro moment and how Kim Jones reimagined archival illustrations by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, and intertwined them throughout the collection and accessories. Color is such an important component of this season and Kim Jones played into it beautifully, with the progression from white to brights and ultimately a fade to black. The Versace beauty looks were fun and exactly what I was looking for from Donatella, especially with the bold eye shadow topped off with different colored liner. Marni’s bright-colored stripes and optimistic daisies were refreshing. It was also a meaningful show as the audience was dressed in upcycled garments.

Best presentation concept: Prada staging two simultaneous shows was incredibly cool and unique. Marni’s commitment to sustainability and reinvention made the collection a standout.

Trendspotting: Designers showcased sexy collections as seen by the silhouettes with cutouts, miniskirts and bikini tops. Exciting bright colors that demanded your attention continued to trend during fashion month.
Must-have items: Fendi’s moon-shaped shoulder bag with logo hardware and Versace’s sky-high platforms.
General comment of the season: The collections made it clear that skin is in again. Sustainability, community and honoring icons of the past were also prominent this season.

Joseph Tang, fashion director, Holt Renfrew
General comments/favorite collections: There was a joyful spirit throughout the Milan collections this spring ’22 season. While we may not have been there in person to witness Milan’s return to the catwalks, we certainly felt the resurgence of energy from the season’s collections. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ first in-person collection was a standout of the week. The show underscored the global impact fashion has with their two live shows happening simultaneously in Milan and Shanghai broadcasted anywhere a viewer has access. The Marni show was another standout of the week with a presentation concept that was a reflection on where the industry should be headed toward. The show’s casting and blend of artistic contributors proved to be a powerful, eclectic fashion show that we wish we could have seen in person.
Best presentation concept: Fendi and Versace’s joint runway collection was a collaboration of two iconic Italian brands. We are always hoping to see something new and unexpected that disrupts the fashion calendar and this union did not disappoint.

Trendspotting: There was a continued reference to the early 2000s this season that continued the nostalgia we have seen in recent seasons. Dolce & Gabbana’s collection showcased iconic silhouettes of earlier collections in the Y2K era, including super miniskirts and fluid caftans. The miniskirt is back with Prada and Dolce offering the best versions. Designers are showcasing more revealing cutouts and cropped silhouettes as we expect to bare it all as we emerge next spring/summer. Color was very important this week with designers embracing warmer and optimistic hues of oranges, pinks and reds from Kim Jones’ fluid Fendi gowns and from Jil Sander’s more demure color palette.
Budgets: We continue to maintain our budgets for the season but are agile to react if there is something that resonates with our customers in season.
Buying process: While we are not traveling to Europe this season we have started to manage a mix of local in-person showroom appointments and still rely on the digital experience to make the bulk of our buys. Designers have offered an expansive offering of materials for buyers to leverage each season and we are optimistic that next season will be the return to a more in-person showroom experience.

Libby Page, senior market editor, Net-a-porter
Favorite collections: The Attico, Fendi, Etro and we absolutely loved Versace.
Best presentation concept: The Attico, especially its party and launch of Superattico, it was a real response to what we all want right now — post-pandemic glamour.
Trendspotting: The miniskirt, bras worn as ready-to-wear, neon brights and the continued evolution of “joyful dressing.”
Must-have item: The miniskirt and Versace’s headscarf.

Buying process: We’ve continued to do lots of buying appointments virtually.
General comment on the season: We love the way in which every designer is considering the best format for presenting their brand, be it a virtual presentation, a runway show, a party or through a film. They are taking back charge, finding what works for them and not necessarily sticking with the same formula that we all followed for so long.

Bosse Myhr, director of women’s wear and men’s wear, Selfridges
Favorite collections: Versace and Roberto Cavalli. Maximalism after the lockdown feels right. We want to go out and enjoy! And so do our customers.
Best presentation concept: Prada obviously was a runway success and the live crossover with Shanghai a twist on the established catwalk show format. The world is a big place so why not show simultaneously in two cities? The looks struck a perfect balance between office, going-out party wear and just great.
Must-have item: A going-out outfit is the must-have for me this season. There was a lot to choose from in all collections.
General comment on the season: Live shows and live presentations are for me taking over as they make the presentations so much more accessible. But, also I have to say that the experience from seeing the collections firsthand at the show, in real life, was immensely nice to have back. The buying process is still 99 percent based on virtual appointments. This “new  normal” is in my opinion also here to stay for the foreseeable future. In general I felt a positivity not felt for a while seeing the shows. As much as digital shows and virtual presentations are great — in person, seeing and interacting with people in real life is irreplaceable.

Harrods Buying Team
Favorite collections: Fendi, Jil Sander, Kiton and Versace.
Best presentation concept: Prada with its dual simultaneous shows.
Trendspotting: The return of sexy dressing/powerful femininity was present throughout many collections, with tailored jackets and open-back dresses and tops. Pops of yellows and oranges were used as statement colors across the board, giving the season a sense of optimism. We also saw the return of the mini from Prada, Max Mara, Fendi and more.
Must-have item: The off-white tailored coats and jackets from Fendi.
Buying process: This is the first season partially back in the showrooms which is a joy, having the ability to use all the senses to create a selection is incomparable to working solely digitally. Of course, it still remains a season of transition and the digital side really helps to support that. It is hoped the developments on digital support made throughout the pandemic can be used to enhance the returning physical experience of buying.
General comment on the season: The return of live shows appeared to bring a vibrancy back to Milan. Key houses leant into what they are known for, Dolce & Gabbana’s signature bejeweled extravagance, Fendi elegance, Prada conceptualism, Marni uniqueness, Versace iconographic safety pins and foulard prints, and yet each managed to somehow make fresh these long-established codes. All in all, an energetic season for Milan and one which will translate well commercially in store.

Marni, spring 2022
Courtesy of Marni

Maud Pupato, divisional merchandise manager for women’s wear luxury and designers, Printemps
Favorite collections: Prada for its intellectual interpretation of sexiness, Fendace for the limitless creativity, Jil Sander for the positive sophistication.
Best presentation concept:  Sunnei was a 3D adventure between a show and a presentation, Marni incorporating every single person as part of the show was the most inclusive concept, Prada on its double-timeline show opened Milan FW to a larger audience adapting to our new reality post COVID-19.
Trendspotting: Strong colors are definitely back after two years of earthy tones; bright green, strong yellow and neon pink will be right from jackets to shoes, but also for visible underwear under see-through garments; small bags for parties: only the necessary should fit; shoes are high and statement; sunglasses will definitely replace headbands.
Must-have item: Fendace baguette; Prada’s arm cuff.
Budgets: Budget remains flat this season again.
Buying process: Maximum of physical buys to reconnect with people and product; few digital appointments when necessary; working exclusive collaborations and special projects.
General comment on the season: It’s time to party again, we are finally ready to do so and move on to a colorful energy and a more creative approach of dressing up. Sexiness will be key and accessible for everybody, from a more revealing wardrobe to only showing subtle neon underwear details.

Tiffany Hsu, fashion buying director, Mytheresa 
Favorite collections: Versace was amazing! The energy, the crowd and then having Dua Lipa, Naomi Campbell and Emily Ratajkowski on the runway: it was such a fantastic experience and the collection itself was super playful yet luxurious. Prada also delivered another standout collection with its take on the subject of seduction.

Talent scouting: I was really impressed by Haus of Honey. Del Core also presented a great collection. Another highlight was the relaunch of Blumarine — Nicola Brognano’s novel take on 2000s’ fashion is fun, sexy and beautiful.
Must-have item: Versace’s studded jelly platforms and chain mail dress. Also the Prada duchesse satin skirt with train is high up on my list.

April Hennig, chief merchandising officer, Moda Operandi
Favorite collections: Marni delivered a show that was one of the most authentic celebrations of diversity and body positivity. Prada felt incredibly modern and will surely be setting the tone for spring ’22. I also loved the macramé and organza ribbon crochet at Alberta Ferretti, and the imaginative and whimsical dresses at Del Core. Moncler’s release of Mondogenius was also a highlight especially for those engaging digitally.
Best presentation concept:  Seeing the innovative creative output from Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada, staging two simultaneous live shows across the globe, which spoke to themes of community and recontextualized classic femininity in such an unconventional way.
Trendspotting: There was an abundance of miniskirts and neon pop of colors seen everywhere on the runway (from Versace to Prada), rainbow crochet (at Etro), vivid stripes (as seen at Marni), elevated and intellectual neutrals made for modernized workwear (at Jil Sander and Max Mara), and one-shoulder, bias cuts, and sensual cutouts (at Cavalli).
Must-have item: Bright yellow slingback Prada kitten heels with an underwire sweater.
Budgets: We are approaching the season anticipating a continued positive trend to prior years.
General comment on the season: Designers in Milan put out collections that embraced a love for life and the week was charged with optimism. There was an overarching theme of brands looking back at the turn of the millennium, as they are both inspired by the new-gen and aiming to capture the emerging luxury consumer.

Federica Montelli, head of fashion, Rinascente
Favorite collections: Prada, Versace, Jil Sander, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Sunnei.
Best presentation concept: Marni, with its immersive live show. All of us attendees were asked to wear a piece of upcycled clothing handpicked by the brand and to “participate” to the show, which featured an art performance with music and poetry, in addition to the show. It felt like a reunion with friends and [proved] the desire by the brand to go back to a physical and one-to-one approach with its clients.
Trendspotting: The focus on the feminine body, fitted and sculpted into sexy ensembles and the Y2K colorful and extreme aesthetic were the strongest trends this week.
Must-have item: Prada’s satin skirt with train and Fendi’s new wrist-bag.
Buying process: This season marks the return to international traveling for our team, therefore we are attending as many buying appointments in physical showrooms as possible. Digital assets remain important for smaller buys, making the scouting phase more efficient.
General comment on the season: After a positive New York fashion week, Milan also presented a great energy, marking a hopeful return to business. The many new names that emerged or confirmed themselves this week are a testament to a booming Milan fashion scene that is back to supporting a new generation of designers like Sunnei, Marco Rambaldi, Vitelli, Des Phemmes, Alessandro Vigilante, Cormio and many more.

Riccardo Tortato, head of buying departments and men’s fashion director, Tsum, Moscow and DLT, St. Petersburg 
Favorite collections: Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.
Best presentation concept: Brunello Cucinelli and The Attico.
Trendspotting: Colors.
Must-have item: The Versace scarf tied on the hair and the Dolce & Gabbana 2000’s jeans.
Budgets: Growing. We are having one of the best years of our life. Business is booming and clients are excited about all the novelty.
Buying process: In person in showrooms.
General comment on the season: I was very happy to see Milan Fashion Week being reborn. To attend the shows live and see all my colleagues was encouraging. Milan was [festive] and the weather also allowed open-air events that involved the city as it had always been before. I am only disappointed by those few brands that were not present because I believe that fashion should support a city that lives of fashion and that has given so much to this business. Congratulations to Kiton and Berluti for the opening of their new stores in the Milan fashion streets: An admirable and trustworthy gesture toward the city and the business.

Kate, Amber, and Naomi Lead an Army of Supermodels at a “Fendace” Show to Remember

Kate, Amber, and Naomi Lead an Army of Supermodels at a “Fendace” Show to Remember

Photo: Getty
“Please join me for an intimate creative experience,” read Donatella Versace’s invitation to the fashion pack on the closing day of the Milan spring/summer 2022 shows. The blockbuster production that unfolded on Sunday evening was by no means “intimate” when you consider the scores of fashion fans tuning in across the globe, but creativity between two of the biggest luxury houses in the world certainly abounded. Believe the hype – Fendace has landed. Just don’t call it a Fendi X Versace collaboration.
Gigi Hadid. Photo: Getty
What unfolded was a fabulous switch-up, which saw Donatella Versace and Kim Jones swap roles to create two uniquely brilliant, logo-heavy collections inspired by their friendship and the cultural relevance of the two heavyweight brands they are at the helms of. First up, Jones, the king of transfusing streetwear and subcultural style through a luxury lens, put his mark on Versace with a little help from Kristen McMenamy, Paloma Elsesser, Lila Grace Moss, Karen Elson, Kate Moss, and Amber Valletta.
Naomi Campbell. Photo: Getty
Then, Mona Tougaard, Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Naomi Campbell brought to life the queen of no-holds-barred glamour Donatella’s Fendi vision, as Drake, Future, and Young Thug blasted out their latest song with intermittent “Ciao! Donatella!” broadcasts across the airwaves. It was to borrow the words of Dua Lipa, who opened the Versace spring/summer 2022 show on Friday and sat front row at the special showcase.
Donatella and Kim taking a bow surrounded by the supers. Photo: Getty
Even more sizzling? Elizabeth Hurley, who sat front row with her son Damian, Iris Law, and Winnie Harlow. The original Versace girl – who put the brand’s now-iconic safety-pin embellishment on the map at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral more than 25 years ago – demonstrated the definition of smoldering, while Damian did his own version of Blue Steeling for the cameras.
Demi Moore, Damian, and Liz Hurley. Photo: Getty
Dua Lipa and Winnie Harlow. Photo: Getty
It was a glitzy family affair from start to finish and reflective of the spirit of collaboration currently in the air. While Gucci’s “hacking” of Balenciaga will go down in history and Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’s co-design partnership breaks new ground, no one can quite dial up the drama like Donatella and Kim. Brava.

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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

Dua Lipa Debuts a Major Hair Transformation on the Versace Runway

Dua Lipa Debuts a Major Hair Transformation on the Versace Runway

Photo: Alessandro Lucioni
In Milan, Dua Lipa not only opened and closed the Versace show in true-to-form bombshell fashion, but debuted a surprise hair transformation. Hitting the catwalk in an asymmetrical skirtsuit featuring oversize rainbow safety pins and a single cut-out along one hip for a flash of midriff, the pop superstar’s signature dark brunette hair was dramatically longer, falling all the way down to her waist as she whipped around the turn of the runway.
The extra length was crafted by none other than hairstylist Guido Palau. “We’re emphasizing that straightness that Donatella loves with some extensions to really sort of exaggerate the girls,” explained Palau, who pulled Lipa’s extended pin-straight lengths into a taut, half-up style that helped highlight her lime green lids, which were painted on by makeup artist Pat McGrath. “It’s really a classic hair style, but we’re trying to make it look extreme.”
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni
Palau likened the silhouette to the enduring reference that is Catherine Deneuve’s signature half-up style, but with a “more modern and futuristic” twist; the center panel of hair sculpted flat to the head shape, as opposed to teased up to voluminous effect. To achieve sleek texture, Palau coated lengths in Bumble and bumble hairspray before flat-ironing it one section at a time, and then used a flexible hair wax to tame fly-aways. A single gold barrette fastened in the back finished the look.
Who better to showcase Versace’s latest take on timeless, va-va-voom hair than its official Gen Z muse? Remember: It’s Dua’s World—and we’re all just living in it!
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Originally published on Vogue.com

Versace RTW Spring 2022

Versace RTW Spring 2022

Celebrities and supermodels, prints and crystal mesh, foulards and safety pins — and a a big dose of fun. All the ingredients of the signature explosive Versace formula were there on Friday night when the fashion house returned to the physical format with a flamboyant show.To the tune of her retro pop hit “Physical,” British music star Dua Lipa, the face of Versace’s fall 2021 advertising campaign, made her catwalk debut walking the runway twice: she opened the show in a black skirt suit with slits kept closed by multicolor safety pins and she closed it — and took the final bow with Versace — in a hot pink crystal mesh set.

She was not the only notable on the runway. Along with the most-requested models, Gigi Hadid included, the cast featured Emily Ratajkowski; Naomi Campbell, – her statuesque beauty exalted by a mannish suit in a bold pink tone – and Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon Ciccone, wrapped in a silver crystal mesh gown.

On the catwalk, which featured a roof created with silk foulards that were waved by shirtless perfectly abbed models rhythmically pulling black ropes, Versace unveiled a rich, big co-ed collection true to the brand’s heritage.

The brand’s iconic safety pins made a playful comeback in brightly colored variations that peppered several black dresses and separates with slits, vertical cuts and cut outs. Foulards stole the spotlight. Splashed with vibrant patterns, they were not only used as accessories but became an integral part of the pieces, for example as inserts in a denim mini frock, peeping out from the edges of a sexy vinyl bustier dress or from the waist of a pair of classic fluid pants in a deep burgundy tone paired with a matching coat and a logo T-shirt.

“The foulard is a fundamental component of Versace’s heritage and character. It’s acted as a canvas for our iconic prints and is worn in multiple ways from knotted tops to headscarves to bag accessories, it’s a way of adding Versace attitude to any look,” said  Versace chief creative officer Donatella Versace. “The foulard has been with us since the very beginning of the brand, but this season turns everything on its head, it is no longer fluid or dreamy, the scarf is provocative, sexy, wound tight.”

Vivid colors, from sorbet shades to neon hues, added an energetic boost to the show’s flamboyant vibe, underscored by maxi floral and geometric patterns, as well as logos – especially on the men’s pieces, which had a varsity, sporty vibe, or on the knit sweaters and vests enriched with an intarsia Versace crest.

There was lots going on here, but the joyous collection, which included a lineup of unapologetically sensual evening options, was a strategically studied and commercially savvy take on Versace’s iconic exuberance that  should keep its parent Capri Holdings happy.

20 of the Best Jeans in Every Kind of Style

20 of the Best Jeans in Every Kind of Style

After lounging in sweats last summer, it’s now time to step out in your best denim. Jeans are a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style: pair with a simple T-shirt (so 70s Jane Birkin), an OTM crochet top and bucket hat, a silk shirt, and blazer… The options are endless.
Loose-fit jeans are the new skinny and were spotted all over the SS21 runway. Chanel paired wide styles with a mini bag belt and signature tweed jacket, while Balmain declared the 90s are back with skinny flares under strappy dresses. Stella McCartney’s 70s flare is the definition of nostalgia (with a fresh twist), and those straight-leg styles by Versace? Utterly timeless. Choosing the right pair for you means making your selection based on what you feel confident in and will work with your current wardrobe – after all, the beauty of denim is its ability to mix and merge seamlessly with any number of key pieces.
Scroll through to see a range of jeans for all sizes, shapes, and personal styles…
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Istituto Marangoni Firenze Adds High-Profile Collaborations

Istituto Marangoni Firenze Adds High-Profile Collaborations

EDU-INDUSTRY: Amid growing competition for international fashion schools to provide premium academic curricula, the Florence unit of Istituto Marangoni has secured high-profile partners including the Yoox-Net-a-Porter Group and Italian luxury houses Versace and Etro for three post-graduate master courses kicking off in October.
The school’s goal is to shorten the gap between academic education and the labor market.
In particular, the e-tailer will support the school’s nine-month master course in Fashion e-Business and Digital Transformation, aimed at providing future fashion professionals with skills ranging from digital capabilities and e-commerce to design thinking, sustainability and new media.

Experts from the YNAP group as well as from other leading fashion companies will provide guest lectures, as well as workshops and masterclasses flanked by a project work initiative as part of which students will be tasked to develop a strategic plan following a company brief.
Ivana Conte, director of education at Istituto Marangoni Firenze, touted the master’s course in that it allows students to “develop skills and abilities that nurture a digital first entrepreneurial approach.”
“The master’s course developed together [with Istituto Marangoni Firenze] is a further proof of our commitment towards new generations, offering them not only a high-profile education but also an opportunity to acquire skills that are essential on international markets,” offered Paolo Inga, global human resources director at Yoox Net-a-Porter Group.

Versace and Etro are supporting the Florence school’s students with two scholarships starting from the 2021-2022 academic year.
Each brand will cover 50 percent of the school’s tuition fee for the winning applicants in the Luxury Accessories Design and Management and Fashion, Art and Textile Innovation master course, respectively.
Students applying for the Versace scholarship will be tasked with creating a handbag, as well as footwear and a piece of small leather goods inspired by the Italian brand’s signature codes, while those interested in attending the Etro-backed Art and Textile Innovation course are required to provide sketches or digital drawings of three total looks, one with a sustainable bent, in sync with the brand’s DNA and offering a creative take on the use of fabrics and materials.
On July 6 Istituto Marangoni Firenze’s director Lorenzo Tellini, alongside Conte and representatives of the two brands, will select the winning projects.
Istituto Marangoni counts nine campuses across Milan, Florence, Paris, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Miami.
As reported, the enrollment rate at Istituto Marangoni Firenze – which was opened in 2016 – inched up 9 percent in 2020, despite the pandemic.

A look from a student in Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni Firenze. 
Courtesy of Istituto Marangoni Firenze

Last week in conjunction with men’s trade fair Pitti Uomo, the Florentine fashion school hosted its fashion show displaying the collections by the 10 best designers from its Fashion Design undergraduate courses. Among them, Filippo Matteo Paolo Barbagallo was the recipient of the International Catwalk Award assigned at the London Graduate Fashion Week 2021.

Precious Lee Opens Up About Her Queen-Sized Spirit with Arab Curve Model Ameni Esseibi

Precious Lee Opens Up About Her Queen-Sized Spirit with Arab Curve Model Ameni Esseibi

American model Precious Lee is one of the foremost minds and faces the fashion industry is proud to call its own. Her rise to fame is now.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
Blossoming in the cradle of her tight-knit family and through the cultural dynamics of her Atlanta, Georgia, upbringing, Precious Lee is a model of wellness – body and soul. “I was a confident child; I always felt I could do anything,” recalls Lee of her earliest years. Raised by her educator and former model mother and entrepreneur and cosmetologist father, she remembers being, “The little girl excited to learn a complicated word like ‘perseverance’ and spelling it aloud, proving to myself that I could use it in casual conversation at age six,” she says. “I felt secure in my voice and what I believed in.” Her gumption propelled her family to give her the moniker “Miss Lee.” Far from being an elitist, it is her empathy that shines. “I loved helping people around me and would always defend kids from bullies. I could never watch anyone in pain or have their feelings hurt,” she says.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
Lee’s compassion stems from amour-propre. It oozes from her and into the world of higher expression. Fascinated by abstract art, history, and literature, Lee has penned multiple journals, her early ones capturing the sincerity of her vision, the depth of her imagination, and her enthusiasm for her future exploits. Along with writing, she conveys her thoughts and feelings through clothing, music, and dance. If her parents were her earliest cheerleaders, she now also has Versace, Miu Miu, and Marc Jacobs; photographers Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Luigi & Iango, Cass Bird, and Juergen Teller; and a large Instagram audience supporting her. Her Vogue Italia cover debut (for its September 2020 issue) was swiftly followed by British Vogue (April 2021), Vogue Brasil (June/July 2021), and now Vogue Arabia. In a candid interview with Arab curve model Ameni Esseibi, Lee opens up about her queen-sized spirit.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
Ameni Esseibi: Can you talk about your childhood? Describe how you were as a little girl.Precious Lee: I grew up in Atlanta raised by my mother, an educator and former model, and my father, an entrepreneur and cosmetologist. I was a very confident child. I was the little girl that was excited to learn a “complicated word” like perseverance and would spell it aloud and prove to myself I could use it in casual conversation at age six. I felt secure in my voice and what I believed in. My family often called me “Miss Lee” because I was so intelligent and ahead of my years. I always loved helping people around me, was a natural leader in school, always voted to speak on behalf of the school or club I was in; a young orator at heart. I would always defend kids from bullies. I could never watch anyone in pain or have their feelings hurt so I would always interject if I saw someone being mistreated.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
I loved dressing myself and doing my own hair. I expressed so much of myself through my clothing, hair, music, dance, and writing. I loved abstract art early and took a strong interest in history and literature. My mom still has some of my childhood journals and I was serious about my vision. I had a huge imagination and was always excited for the future. I played the flute/piccolo, was on the dance team, competed in cheerleading, was crowned Homecoming Queen, voted Best-Dressed and Best Hair, played volleyball and tennis, and participated in the Thespian Club and Student Government. I wanted to explore all of my interests and I’m grateful my parents supported me, especially my mom, who was my chauffeur and manager at every single performance or event! I always felt like I could do anything. I would make them sit and watch me perform concerts on a regular basis in our living room. I would have an entire look, lighting, and playlist for my performances and even a self-choreographed dance routine. Wow, bless them for sitting through them all! I was obsessed with music and dance. I would print out the lyrics to my favorite songs to learn them perfectly to sing. I would recite my poems and scenes from my favorite movies. I was hilarious!
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: Who did you look up to as a young girl?PL: My mother; I love her endlessly. She is a resilient, proud African American woman and total glamour girl. She’s brilliant and can talk toanyone. She’s gracious, always. I loved learning from her at a young age how I could be an intellectual and also express myself through fashion and beauty. Oftentimes, as a little girl, it was presented as you’re either interested in school or you’re interested in your wardrobe. I was both. I learned from her how to be a free thinker. She taught me to never dim my light, be kind to everyone, and always use my inner guidance. My mom has supported me through every phase of my life and I’m so grateful for her giving all the attention and time she did with me.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: You’ve mentioned that you wanted to be a lawyer growing up. Any other dreams?PL: I wanted to have a career in helping amplify marginalized voices. I learned in eighth grade Georgia history class that I wanted to be an attorney after being selected to represent Native Americans against [19th century US President] Andrew Jackson in a mock trial. I was so committed to proving how wrong the president was that I knew, that was it. I had to speak up for others who were silenced and oppressed. It made sense because I never liked the idea of bullies. For the trial, I asked my mom to buy me a Calvin Klein suit – a navy and black wool blazer with matching corduroy riding pants and a cognac riding boot with a tiny heel. I carried a SpongeBob SquarePants briefcase and had pink faux eyeglasses. It was so monumental for me and I remember it so vividly because that experience truly did shape my mentality on advocacy. It was so natural to do, and at the same time it felt important. I also wanted to be an actor and I would put on full-blown productions at home and use quotes from my favorite movies daily. It got to a point where I would stay in my favorite character for days, even weeks. I look back and laugh at how incredibly animated and expressive I was growing up. It was amazing how I was able to dream expansively.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: You’ve said your mother is the most glamorous person you know. What defines glamorous to you?PL: Glamour, to me, has a lot to do with your mentality. To be glamorous is to value what beauty is to you and committing to that no matter the circumstances.
AE: Your father is a cosmetologist. What did he teach you about outward beauty?PL: Individuality is the key to flair.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: How and where were you discovered?PL: I was accompanying a friend for support to an open call. We met while participating in the Homecoming fashion show at school. We would talk about our favorite photographers, models, designers, publications, seasons, and trends. It was so fun doing the show for school but I never considered it as a career at the time. I always associated the industry with really thin women and flat chests. I was definitely not flat-chested or thin, however, my friend had their sights set on getting signed to an agency. I believed they could do it and I’m an all-or-nothing friend so I was fully supportive.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
I took their digitals, picked a time to go to the top agency in our city, and it was straight out of a TV show. So many people were in the hallway waiting for a chance to be discovered. There were so many people with one agent standing in front with no desire for small talk. I remember her explaining the industry and how she described New York as “the Olympics of fashion.” She had strict rules and informed us to leave immediately if she saw you and said thank you. We sat there as she said “thank you” more than 50 times. She was hilarious and fabulous to me but intimidating to most of the people in the room. I ended up being the only person offered a contract that day. I’ll never forget the feeling because I was late for my next class and constantly looking at my phone to try to make it on time. My friend was so supportive with me, staying to talk to the agents and waiting outside. It was wild and meant to be.
AE: Who are your heroes in fashion and why?PL: My heroes are the people who don’t compromise their values to be successful. People who stand firm in the storm; the indomitable women who are brave. Women of color creating more space unapologetically.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: How has your relationship with yourself evolved over time?PL: My personal evolution is incredibly sacred to me. I am honored to live a life in which I can explore so many dreams. I’ve always considered the bigger picture and mission to be the focal point when achieving my goals, but I’ve learned to use checkpoints along the way. It’s the truest sense of self-love, showing self-compassion during the journey and not only when the mission is accomplished. By simply doing that I’ve opened up more space for myself to grow and expand. I’ve connected to the essence of myself exponentially since tuning into what it means to have unconditional self-love. It’s radical and necessary.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: What are your summer plans?PL: I’m looking forward to spending more time on the beach, spa days, writing, and outdoor workouts. I think we all get more physically active in the summer but now it’s really about being outside more and experiencing nature. I love being at home but I’m grateful I get to spend more time traveling and getting back in tune with nature post-quarantine.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
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Originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia
Style: Patrick MackieFashion director: Katie TrotterHair: Lacy RedwayMakeup: Raisa Flowers for Pat McGrathNails: Dawn Sterling at Statement ArtistsProducer: Heather Robbins at CLMCreative producer: Laura PriorJunior fashion editor: Mohammad Hazem RezqDigital tech: Evgeny PopovTailor: Anna OukolovaSet design: Jacob Burstein at MHS ArtistsPhotography assistants: Kyrre Kristoffersen, Nick GrennonFashion assistant: Vivian McHughProduction assistant: Olya KudackiSet assistant: Josefine Cardoni

Zendaya’s BET Awards Look Was a Pitch-Perfect Tribute to Beyoncé

Zendaya’s BET Awards Look Was a Pitch-Perfect Tribute to Beyoncé

Photo: AB+DM
The BET Awards in Los Angeles was packed with showstopping style moments. Leave it to Zendaya, however, to take the night’s fashion to the next level—with a little help from an archive Versace dress.
A look from the Italian house’s spring 2003 collection, Zendaya’s ethereal purple gown caught attention for more reasons than one. Seem familiar at all? That would be down to the fact the same dress—albeit with a shorter skirt—was also worn by Beyoncé for the 3rd Annual BET Awards all the way back in 2003, when the burgeoning solo star made one of her first post-Destiny’s Child appearances to perform her breakout hit, “Crazy in Love.”
Beyoncé performs “Crazy in Love” at the 3rd Annual BET Awards in 2003. Photo: Getty
The look came courtesy of Zendaya’s stylist and Hollywood’s favorite fashion guru, Law Roach, and was captured in motion through a series of stunning backstage images and clips shot by AB+DM. (The photographer duo, also known as Ahmad Barber and Donté Maurice, certainly had quite the night: They were also behind yesterday’s stunning portrait of a pregnant Cardi B.)
It also isn’t the first time in recent memory that Zendaya has used the red carpet as an opportunity to pay tribute to a personal style icon from decades past. Attending this year’s Oscars back in April, the actor and musician wore a bold yellow Valentino gown with a cut-out detail that harked back to a classic look worn by Cher all the way back in the early-’70s. The magic of Zendaya’s eye for fashion, though, is her ability to take a vintage-inspired look and make it feel more current than ever.
The final seal of approval came from Donatella Versace herself, who took to Instagram to share the image. “Zendaya! You looked just sensational last night,” the designer wrote in her caption. “I’ll never forget Beyoncé wearing this in 2003. A tough act to follow but you aced it effortlessly! You got me looking!” Whether worn by Queen B or Queen Z, it serves as the ultimate proof that a perfect Versace dress never goes out of style.
Read Next: Zendaya’s Vintage Versace Dress Is A Tribute To 90s Supers
Originally published on Vogue.com

How Dua Lipa Became Versace’s Gen-Z Muse

How Dua Lipa Became Versace’s Gen-Z Muse

Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Courtesy of Versace
Versace has no shortage of celebrity devotees but every so often, one will snag the ultimate Donatella seal of approval: space in the house’s advertising campaigns. In the past, icons like Madonna, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga have featured in Versace’s seasonal imagery, and for fall/winter 2021, Dua Lipa joins the illustrious club. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Lipa embodies the luxury and audaciousness we’ve come to expect from the label. Still, her journey from being the brand’s fan to becoming its face was years in the making.
Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Courtesy of Versace
Lipa and stylist Lorenzo Posocco have marked her big milestones with Versace pieces, incorporating the house’s signatures—bondage-inspired bustiers, brocade prints, golden safety pins, et al.—into looks that reflect her status as a risk-taking pop ingenue. Granted, the brand is popular enough that many celebrities have worn those exact concepts over the years, but Lipa’s versions are tailored to her personality. The pieces she chooses are sexy, but with a hint of sweetness with their pastel color schemes, glittery accents, and the occasional hint of exposed midriff. Lipa’s vibe is all about fun, whether she’s arriving at the 2019 Met Gala in miles of jewel-toned satin and a towering bedazzled bouffant or performing at March’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Swarovski crystal-covered baby-pink gown that peeled back to reveal hot pants and a crop top.
Away from the red carpet, the star’s love affair with Versace is even more evident. On Instagram, she regularly posts peeks into her daily wardrobe, many of which involve Donatella’s designs. To ring in 2021, she wore a crystal flecked mini-dress that looked like a disco ball, while an afternoon in Los Angeles with boyfriend Anwar Hadid meant neon leopard print jeans and a glossy leather jacket from the brand’s Resort 2020 collection. Even her music videos—‘Levitating,’ ‘Don’t Start Now, and ‘New Rules’ among them—feature pieces from the brand’s runways.
It’s always gratifying when the right celebrity and fashion house come together for a project, and Lipa’s Versace moment seems like just that. Below, a look back at her all-time most fabulous Versace looks and the striking new campaign.
Read Next: “It’s important to me to show unity between women” — Dua Lipa’s Quest to Produce Music That Matters
Originally published on Vogue.com

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