Going under the sea with Versace’s SS21 collection
With SS21 at Versace, Donatella Versace shows her audiences an array of aquatic-themed pieces with the goal being to “create something disruptive” according to the long-term artistic director herself. The collection is an exploration of an abandoned Atlantis, with the use of mermaid style silhouettes, starfish, and a vibrant color palette. A great nod to the spring/summer 1992 collection designed by her late brother Gianni, Donatella Versace uses nostalgia once again to seduce viewers.
Bright colors, dynamic patterns, and vividity are the main themes throughout this collection. Starfish, navy suits, and diver-inspired tops, there is a strong vacation energy here even if it’s debatable how much of the collection is realistically wearable. We’re first introduced to a stripped baggy blazer sporting a bedazzled starfish near its collar, with small hints of oranges and blues underneath. Irina Shayk, Adut Akech, and Anna Ewers are some of the big names that walked the runway this time around and body diversity being front-and-center in terms of casting as we, the audience, were gifted with Paloma Elsesser, Alva Clare and Precious Lee’s presence at the show.
The prints are busy but alluring. Supermodel Irina Shayk walked the show in a sexy pastel blue garment with diamond ocean-inspired detailing, bejewelled bras. The collection plays with a lot of ruffles and varying techniques as different garments are seen pleated, meshed, and draped. The patterns are reminiscent of the psychedelic 70s.
The collection is truly a handful as 79 different looks are shown on the Runway. From the color blocking suits and the starfish galore dresses, Donatella Versace succeeded in bringing Atlantis back to life. The dual themes of sexiness and wonder works well with the loud, dynamism of the pieces.