Versace Spring 2022 ready-to-wear collection
The confluence of Dua Lipa, Naomi Campbell, Emily Ratajkowski and Lola Leon on the Versace catwalk tonight almost broke the internet. He definitely crashed the Versace website momentarily, because the traffic to his livestream was so important. The scene outside the Milan venue was equally frantic, with young people lining up for in-person sightings. Donatella Versace knows how to grab the world’s attention, as her royal three-in-one look for Lil Nas X amply demonstrated at the Met Gala last week.
Tonight’s show was a brilliant, glowing revival of Versace’s many hits, aimed directly at the hearts of the TikTok generation – young people for whom Dua and Lil Nas are household names, but who may be less familiar with them. models who helped propel the brand to stardom 30 years ago. Naomi Campbell, however, was in the house to help show next-gen models how to do it.
Dua opened the show in a cutout jacket and skirt cut in multi-colored versions of the house’s famous safety pins, and closed it in the even more iconic chainmail, dipped in hot pink for the occasion. In between, Versace kept things young and playful, showing off basketball silks and pajama sets in the archival Medusa print and new La Greca print, and using the patterns for accents: a handkerchief top here, a bikini top there, and like patchwork on baggy faded blue jeans. For the first buyer there were t-shirts with logo. The color scheme was purely Pop: a long series of Miami neon lights was surrounded by sections of black, with a brief transition to college red that showcased what could be Versace’s first varsity jacket. These clothes are said to be at home in Miami, including the strapless vinyl dresses of Imaan Hammam and Kiki Willems.
Yesterday, rumors circulated that Versace is considering a collaboration with Kim Jones of Fendi and Silvia Venturini Fendi. Triggered by a mysterious Sunday night email invitation, questions about what Donatella had planned might have threatened to eclipse tonight’s main show, but it will never happen. There is no Donatella Versace eclipse.