Born within Versace’s sensuous sexiness, overlayed by a raw edginess courtesy of the punk influences, not referencing the past but fearlessly facing the future – this was “Vunk!”, Donatella Versace’s electrifying vision set to infuse the fall / winter 2013 season with a spiky take on sensuality. Over-the-top but in the most fashionable way possible, placing the controversial vinyl center stage, the collection depicted a concept taken to its extremes, with values balancing between wearability and total luxury.
Donatella is known for always pushing the limits, but this season her vivid imagination represented a riskier affair by putting the strongest emphasis on vinyl jeans, slashed cocktail dresses, collars dipped in crystals, chokers build upon spikes and nails, and the most unusual pairings of tartan and vinyl. Without compromising her vision, the designer still found ways of breaking down the spice provided by vinyl with playful furs, animal-printed mini-skirts, luxe cashmere and elongated militaristic coats.
Ideally subversive, triggering the nostalgia associated with the rebel 90s, the Versace line up had its softer points, mostly anchored around the clean color palette of black, white, yellow and red, others around the sharp tailoring and smart cuts. With the approach of this year’s Met Gala “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit set to “examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today”, Donatella has proven herself once again relevant and way ahead of the game.
You can see all of the Versace autumn (fall) / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree