Strength, femininity, and dynamism ruled the runway of the Atelier Versace Spring Summer 2016 show. A celebration of the female body at its peak, Donatella Versace coined the collection as being “athletic couture.” Sporty details and edgy embellishments pays tribute to “girl power”, and declares to the world that women can absolutely move to the beat of their own drum, with exquisite style, whilst trilling in matching rhythm.
Athletic accouterments including ropes, chains, contrasting panels, as well as daring details such as neon colors, cut-outs and thigh-high splits are seen in the collection. High-waist trousers (which made the models’ pins go for extra miles) were paired with cropped jackets accented with neon straps. Gowns and tuxedos are ripped and slashed to, provocatively, show off some bare skin, but they were all elegantly held together with bands which were studded with Swarovski crystals. The same sparkling chains are woven into hand-crochet pieces, resembling the shoe laces found on training shoes.
The collection expresses immense creative freedom, perhaps a sartorial scream of feminism, urging women to dress however they please. Every piece pushes the limit –from the deep V plunges to the overt cut-outs (not your usual peek-a-boos); the ultra-revealing cobweb bead work to the nearly sheer dresses and supersaturated oranges and yellows which were used, all being anything but subtle.
The show was energetic and exciting. Just like its soundtrack courtesy of underground musician Violet. The presentation was upbeat, catchy and worthy of being put, or more aptly, worn, on repeat. It was a refreshing way to pay homage to the fearless female form too. Donatella says it best: “I believe women can be powerful and achieve their dreams while also having great elegance and beauty. This is a collection for all women who walk their own path.”
Written by Romina Tobias