Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week: Versace thrills with thigh-high boots

Collection offered a riot of colour, including dresses with daring cut-outs, curve-hugging silhouettes and some clever reworking of that logo

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 March, 2015, 11:08am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 March, 2015, 12:00pm

It was a traffic-light colour scheme to get any fashionista hot under the collar: red, yellow and green thigh-high boots sauntering down the catwalk at Versace’s show for Milan Fashion Week.

This was no patent leather Pretty Woman reference though, more Avengers style -- the boots paired with capes or '60s-cut dresses, as well as tunics cinched in at the waist with large buckled belts, all worn with sunglasses in matching colours.

The catwalk was a blood-red runway onto which the models -- including Paris native Aya Jones, wearing an iconic silver choker which spelt out Versace in capital letters -- descended from above via a see-through staircase.

You thought logos were dead? Well not here: Donatella Versace splashed her family name in green, yellow and red across jersey tops, leather jackets and skirts in designs the press release described as having been “remixed by a DJ”.

There were cocktail dresses embroidered in vivid crystals, a black skirt with a zip up the back from bottom to top -- not to be used under the influence of alcohol -- and black dresses slashed with cut-outs, some lined with colour.

The autumn/winter 2015 collection boasted a fur green coat to the knee for those bitterly cold days, or a shorter feathered version in canary yellow -- though the wearer risks resembling an expensively dressed version of Warner Bros’s Tweety Bird.

Although the collection was tame compared to previous Donatella offerings -- perhaps a bid at a more commercial product for the high street -- there were plenty of outfits with slits to the upper thigh to keep traditional Versace lovers happy.

“This is my Versace for today, and forever,” Donatella said, describing the collection as “the emoji of the future”.