Hands down, no questions asked, Versace was the buzziest show of Spring 2018. As a plain white curtain revealed five of Gianni’s favourite ’90s supermodels — Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, and Carla Bruni — all in glistening metallic togas fit for goddesses, show attendees went wild and stood in due ovation while creative spearhead Donatella led the pack down the catwalk.
Her tribute for the 20th anniversary of late designer and brother Gianni’s death was a momentous one, both emotionally and artistically.
The show began with a voiceover praising Gianni’s “innovative genius”, “risk-taking” and “allegiance to women”. Then out came the Insta-girls — 2017’s version of supermodels, if you will — Kaia Gerber, the Hadids, and Kendall Jenner. They modelled pieces which delved into the gold-, leather-, and print-opulent archive of Gianni’s golden days. Put it this way — if you were going to stage a Versace exhibition, these would be the looks you’d want on display.
To commemorate the beautiful show, the Italian house has released a unisex merch collection of tees, named Versace Tribute. Emblazoned on the t-shirts are five of Gianni’s seminal prints from his best shows, including Spring 1991’s Marilyn Monroe-replete Pop Art, Spring 1992’s oceanic Trésor de la Mer, and the ever-risqué animal print Wild Baroque.
As we impatiently wait for Spring 2018’s drop of ornamental thigh-high booties and iconic butterfly bathrobes, slipping on these easy basics will tide us over. We hope.
Shop the Versace Tribute t-shirts at Versace boutiques and online.