Generally speaking I don't really use fash-y phrases to describe collections, preferring a long-winded, slightly boring and old fashioned vocabulary.  I descended and completely let my mouth go though when I was very kindly asked to see the Versace A/W 10-11 rehearsal the night before and also see the show the next day both front of house (for the press show) and then backstage (for the buyer's show).  Suddenly, everything was "hot", "'mazing!" (that's a-mazing minus the a, making it even more… well… amazing), "Beyond!", "Intense!" and as we watched the 'mazing cast of girls line up (see below), I descended even more into saying things like "The casting is AWESOME!".  Please… I don't know a bloody thing about casting or girls other than I have my own personal faves (where is Karlie Kloss in Milan?). 

Of course, this might all be the effect of sitting in the Versace Teatro at 11pm for rehearsals, with an empty stomach, riding on a fashion high and having thumping music coursing through you which probably all contributed to reducing the brain, bit by bit.  When I did regain the mind slightly and started looking at the clothes, I was surprisingly quite taken with construction details, not a trait I'd associate with Versace.  Some show reviewers commented that this Versace show wasn't pushed forward enough or it wasn't 'more' enough.  In that case, perhaps I like taking in my dose of Versace where the 'more' factor is lessened.  All I could concentrate on were the biker-inspired jackets, coats, skirts and dresses where zippers and panels collided, cutting each other to create varying spliced proportions.  All I could see was the colours that popped but didn't jam into your face (mustard, navy, brown, periwinkle blue, white and a shade of red I can get down with).  The 'moreness' for me (we so love putting 'ness' after words… see Nowness) was in the slits that went a bit high, the metallic leather panels and of course the strut and overall attitude of the Versace girls.

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I took special interest in the outerwear like the mustard coat where construction was sublime…

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… and the biker jacket where the shoulders had been ripped into //… interesting how Versace did the awkward mid-calf length in their own way…

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This is the only time where I can wax lyrical about girls…. Abbey Lee in this knitted number stood out because a) she's Abbey Lee and b) this knitted dress with the incorporated silver rings and blue metallic chain looked like a one-off from the show. 

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Then of course, the jackets/coats were bunged away and the tight and short dresses and floor length gowns with thigh high splits came trooping out without letting go of the first half's taut construction…

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This will surely be heading out to Beyonce's stage closet very soon…?

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View of a burly security guard with a requisite Versace shirt…

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Finally, there was the finale… where once again, I descend vocabulary-wise, because a giant acrylic mirrored box is lifted up to reveal all the evening looks in a static assembly that is….'mazing…

Comments (23)

  1. This blows my fucking brains out!!!! Mazing indeed!

  2. Duck says:

    Oh Oh I’m actually loving Versace. I love the construction of the red zipped skirt. Actually, some of the overly constructed pieces (and by overly I don’t mean anything negative) are very like the Atelier Versace couture that they have been doing for a while… A lot more rigid shapes and structure.
    xx
    Duck

  3. You are so very very lucky! The blue corset dress type is my fave. Because I’m conservative that way. Haha

  4. Rosie says:

    that mustard jacket has beautiful panelling, rather reminiscent of your Heal Lab grey jacket, I’ve been lusting after one of those ever since. loved seeing the use of mustard in Burberry’s show too, perhaps something that autumn will revolve around slightly!
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  5. Claire says:

    I have never given a toss about Versace before, but that mustard coat and the gold/grey/brown dress..
    Spectacular. They have such SHAPE.

  6. This fashion show is eccentric!!!I adore this seasons Versace!The dresses are lovelier as ever and they fit the models brilliantly this collection is just divine!
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  7. amalie says:

    looks so fuuun !

  8. melissa says:

    Love these pics! Love the Versace new collection!
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  9. Achilleas says:

    i love how always the versace collections are sexy, but i’m wondering when will we see something different. do you agree with me?
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  11. katie says:

    i always go into a major trance backstage or turn my head away when the models start undressing and then forget to turn back. must try harder

  12. I mentioned on Jak&Jil that from what I could see I wasn’t really into the collection and seeing these close-up shots has somewhat changed my mind. I’m still not really into the gowns but I have to admit that some of these pieces are quite impressive. The mustard jackets and knit Abbey Lee knitted dress are standout beautifully crafted pieces that I would LOVE to get my hands on!

  13. Annie says:

    I like it, but feel guilty as I want the security guard’s shirt more!! Abbey’s dress is a highlight, and the pcitures of the rehearsal on jak and jil are spectaular.

  14. Those dresses that are hanging are absolutely incredible.

  15. KD says:

    Gaaahhh, wish I could have been there!

  16. katherine says:

    again so much to choose…the red jacket, the blue jacket, the black blue strech dress and the final look, almoust everything show….
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  17. alfredo gray says:

    amazing i would love to get my boss in that purple metal piece…she is all about the purple….in my head i am already picking out the shoes to add to the madness…
    alfredo gray

  18. Robyn says:

    I’m just so in love with that mustard biker jacket. There are no words…
    Oh wait, yeah there are, I just said them.
    Anyway, great pictures Ms. Bubble!

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  20. selina says:

    late comments again but i’m just going through posts and i’m really enjoying your milan posts!! nice to hear all your enthusiasm and ‘fan girl’ moments, and woah to be that close to the models wooow! even you being at and talking about the milan shoes makes them seem younger and more attainble, which is weird but maybe a good result for bloggers! really liking your posts looking forward to the rest! but how have you survived the whooole month travelling so much wow i am in awe!! also quite jealous of reading lots of bloggers saying they met and had a little chat with you at some point during fashion week!

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