For Spring 2018, Donatella Versace honored her brother, Gianni Versace, in the best way, with archival prints and a supermodel tribute.
The fashion designer hit the runway for the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week with the original supermodels that her sibling helped make famous. Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen, who all donned matching metallic gold dresses and looked as gorgeous as they did all those years ago. Also, they joined the new generation of celebrity models that Donatella Versace says is the first in decades to exude the requisite confidence: Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and now Kaia Gerber, Crawford’s daughter.
Donatella said at a press conference prior to the shows that she was thrilled to honor her brother, who was killed in July 1997 in Miami. “I am happy that after 20 years I can finally do this with a smile on my face”.
Long gone are the big shoulders of the late 1990s. There were belted trenches, tight bodice mini-dresses with cropped jean jackets, sleek evening sheaths and fuller skirts worn with denim tops that were an important part of the collection. There were mini-skirted suits and ruched dresses in pastel pink, blue and green. The silhouette was all Donatella, slim and empowering, in recognition of the shift in tastes over the years.