Italian Fashion Titans Add Some Glitz to London Fashion Week
LONDON — As politicians in London and Brussels continue their tussles over Britain’s exit from the European Union, the British capital received a vote of Continental confidence on Sunday, when two of the biggest names in Italian fashion — Giorgio Armani and Donatella Versace — decided to show the latest collections from their younger, more accessible lines during London Fashion Week.
Recently Ms. Versace unveiled plans for a Gianni Versace scholarship at Central St. Martins, a tribute to her brother on the 20th anniversary of his death. And it was within the soaring glass main atrium at the heart of the famous design school that she chose to present her Versus spring 2018 looks to a crowd that included the singer FKA Twigs.
“Versus is about individuality, bravery and pleasure,” Ms. Versace said before the show, looking resplendent in a button-down blouse and red and black skirt with leather paneling. “This is for everyone who dares to express themselves in everything they do.”
It was also seemingly for everyone who ever emerged from the grungy belly of a cool nightclub (a continual source of inspiration for Versus). A giant, floor-to-ceiling set of speakers set the booming tunes for the smoldering male and female models, who appeared in everything from semi-sheer bell-bottom pants and miniskirts with diamante-studded Versus-logo bikini bottoms peeking through, to studded and silver-fringed cowboy boots and black and red Western-style jackets. Also, a softer series of mint-green chain and belt foulard prints from the Versace archives was cut with a more contemporary twist à la Versace-lite.
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