Spring/Summer 2015 Versus Versace

IMG_8593 IMG_8600Some things are made to go together; gin and tonic, strawberries and cream, salt and vinegar, say, so too Anthony Vaccarello and Versace. He – the master of the slit and slashed minidress and pioneer of all-out sex appeal often delivered on leggy best friend, Anja Rubik; and Versus, the sidekick of Versace, the Italian house that practically invented sex – are a match made in heaven.

Half of the battle of a house producing a winning collection is in the hiring of a designer who just “gets it” and the hiring of the Belgian (of Italian descent) here is not much short of genius. Bravo to whoever cooked up that contract. One can only imagine the fun Vaccarello must have had mining the archives. It must have felt like all his birthdays and Christmases had come at once. Gold! Medusa heads! Bondage strapping! Safety pin dresses! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

All of that was whipped up tonight (even, including BFF Rubik). There were so many brilliant looks here today and here’s the crux of it, and really, where others before him have perhaps failed; he kept it simple. Firstly, it was almost all black with gold accents, well, why over-complicate matters when that will do just nicely? It wasn’t all thigh skimming miniskirts, there were some great low-slung tailored trousers partnered up with bondage-backed bodysuits boasting gold chokers as halter necks, as delicate as fine jewellery, and elsewhere, unbuttoned black silk shirts (sometimes, combining the two into a fierce jumpsuit). He rendered the medusa head into super desirable belts, and re-proposed the safety pin dress into a neat proposition for now.

And even better news: it’s all available to buy online now. One question, what are you still doing reading this?

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Plazzo Pants

The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining—it’s safe to say that spring is really here. With hot days on the horizon, it’s time to invest in staple pieces that will work just as well for weekend jaunts as they do at the office. Up next on our list: palazzo pants. The forgiving, easy-to-wear trousers are known for their waist-whittling fit and bold colours. They’re the perfect piece to add some liveliness to your wardrobe this spring when you’re sick of jeans.

An impressionist-inspired pair of palazzo pants got an edgy update with a leather motorcycle jacket and sneakers.

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Michelle Elie’s sheer palazzo pants were a breezy choice for the SS ’15 shows in Paris.