Versace Spring Summer 2013: The Jet Set Hits Burning Man

23 September 2012 by

This season Donatella kicked loose to bring a hippyish, globetrotter vibe to the usually stringently urbane Versace look. While the show notes described the collection as “Tailoring with a lingerie edge” we saw something much more relaxed – blazers were cut boyfriend style and it was the tie dye mini dresses and festival lacing that dominated the show. Lingerie crochet-lace was integrated into a procession of separates, adding that signature Versace sex appeal, but there was an easiness which we don’t normally associated with the high-maintenance Versace woman.

A sun-bleached palette invoked the spirit of the open road and desert backdrops while low-slung skirts and jeans brought a bohemian almost Marant-esque attitude to several of the looks.

Of course the was no lack of glamour. The closing floorsweepers with their billowing sleeves and Liz Hurley-worthy thigh splits ratcheted up the glitz factor and long metallic tassels glimmered from models’ waists making ensuring that  there was plenty to dazzle.

Accessories also helped paint the picture. Over-the-body messanger style bags said that this season’s muse was far too busy having fun to hold a tote, while knee high, heeled gladiator sandals kept things on the Versace side of the style fence. These were outfits for a Versace girl’s Burning Man or Ibiza suitcase – a world away from her glacial city wardrobe.

Hemlines were again microscopically short – some of the skirts and dresses would only work practically with a bikini underneath – especially when acres heeled legs was involved. But then Versace isn’t about the practicalities of VPLs – instead its about a vision of the modern jet-set woman, taking each holiday off the beaten track in her Gladiator-sandal stride.


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AJ Ontheplaya (Sun Sep 23 18:39:40 BST 2012): I don't think the writer of this article has ever been to Burning Man.
Brian McGloin (Sun Sep 23 20:09:34 BST 2012): Burning Man and Ibiza are totally the same thing. I'm pretty sure I saw this on the playa... maybe if the model went to Burning Man she wouldn't be so angry. Turn the frown upside down! (Harden the fuck up).
Frederick Smith (Sun Sep 23 23:55:26 BST 2012): WTF? Do not see connectivity...
Julia Brown (Mon Sep 24 03:28:53 BST 2012): That poor girl is hungry, Brian, so don't be hatin, share your bacon.
Craig T. Jensen (Mon Sep 24 12:49:07 BST 2012): Give the poor girl some bacon.
Margaret Clayton (Mon Sep 24 13:30:04 BST 2012): On the plus side, I don't see any feathers.
Margaret Clayton (Mon Sep 24 13:30:54 BST 2012): Yeah, I'd take my pricey designer crap to Burning Man. And that hair would be dreads in ten minutes flat.
Barry A. Reeves (Mon Sep 24 13:45:03 BST 2012): It makes me wonder what the Margaret Clayton collection would look like. The mind boggles...:).
Tamara Kay (Mon Sep 24 14:43:59 BST 2012): The striped mini skirt looks like a silk I painted for ken.
Margaret Clayton (Mon Sep 24 14:54:28 BST 2012): It does! As for the rest, someone has been taking notes from Ratty's Begin With What You Have thread on eplaya, neh?
Nina Elms (Sun Sep 30 03:36:17 BST 2012): Hey! Jet Set! Offa my fuckin' sand pile!