By Carolina Benjumea Rúa
There are many designers who have changed our perception on fashion and the way this industry Works. However, Gianni Versace really made us look to the future with his designs, perception on models and the way he made fashion relevant for the media. After 20 years of his death, this industry and new generations of supermodels still feel the echo of his name. 20 years later was his time to shine once again on the spring/summer collection that Donatella Versace presented last september 22nd in Milano.
While some editors, fashion journalists, models, designers and people all over the world were looking forward to see the Versace’s show, Donatella was preparing a very special throwback that would make us sigh, thrill and dream in the amazing 90's. This time, for the spring /summer collection, the creative director of the house decided to pay tribute to her brother, Gianni, who died tragically in 1997.
On the runway not only appeared the supermodels of the moment, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber. Also the original supermodels of the 90s met for the first time once again to remember the man who believed the most in the power of supermodels. With their golden dresses they made us remember why they are the original super!
Versace was one of the first designers to recognize celebrities and media as the best publicity, and supermodels as allies for their brands. He knew how important it was to be in front of the cameras, but more importantly to photograph celebrities with his designs. Anna Wintour said once ''He was the first to realize the value of the celebrity in the front row, and the value of the supermodel, and put fashion on an international media platform”.
This collection shows the styles that made Gianni one of the most renowned and influential designers in the world, but also relieves the characteristic style of the 90's, the glamour and eccentric style that represents this decade and the house. Wild prints, bright colors, square-shouldered jackets, leggings, catsuits, corsets, trenches, mini sheaths, and maxi skirts, high-waisted jeans, logo tees, fanny packs, jeweled stiletto boots; the legacy that Gianni left.