While most of New York was at Sunday brunch, replaying the debauchery and drunk texts of the night before, the fashion crowd and a slew of A-listers gathered at the Stock Exchange to watch Versace’s pre-fall 2019 spectacle. In case you haven’t noticed, designers (like Dior, Chanel, and Alexander Wang) are opting for full-on runway shows for the mid-seasons of pre-spring and pre-fall these days – hence Versace’s epic, stateside December 2 show. Beyond the clothes, though — which were bellissimo — the lineup of models and celebrities and what they wore was something to behold. Oh, and we guess the golden Statue of Liberty was cool, too?
For starters, Kim Kardashian-West showed up channeling Naomi Campbell à la Versace’s spring 1998 menswear show (yes, despite past shade Campbell has thrown sister Kendall Jenner’s way). Kanye worked the red carpet as Kanye does. Celeb-model hybrids Hailey Baldwin (er, Bieber?) and Emily Ratajkowski walked the show. And ’90s supermodel Amber Valletta closed the show in a silhouette plucked straight from Versace’s archives — spring 2000, to be exact — which made for an epic and viral moment. (Sadly, unlike last season, her pal Shalom Harlow sat this one out.)
As the Italian label enters its pre-fall 2019 phase, it does so on the heels of an unlikely investment from Michael Kors. In September, news broke that the New York-based brand would acquire the company for $2.12 billion in a deal expected to be finalized by the end of this year. Creative director Donatella Versace took to Instagram to let Versace loyalists know that its aesthetic wouldn’t change; as far as its latest showing revealed, she was right. For the past few seasons, the brand has ridden an internet-friendly nostalgia wave, double-dipping into their archives and reproducing some vintage looks in full and putting modern spins on others.
Most notably from last night’s offering, however, was the recreation of a silhouette from Versace’s iconic 1994 ad featuring Christy Turlington, Nadja Auermann, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, and Claudia Schiffer. It’s short and shiny, comes in a slew of bright colors, and will no-doubt be influencer gold. If only we could get a full revamp of the campaign, too. Until that holiday wish comes true, click through the slideshow ahead to see some of our favorite looks from Versace’s pre-fall 2019 show. As Donatella would say, ciao!
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