“I started thinking, what would we call the new punk today?" Donatella Versace said of her Autumn Winter 2013 show - VUNK was the answer which is cute. "This collection is sexy, strong, brave and full of energy. It is the essence of Versace, heading straight into the future.”
The reference was nothing if not apposite given the soon to open blockbuster fashion exhibition of the year: Punk: From Chaos To Couture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York. Then there's 'that' safety pin dress to consider. Designed by Gianni Versace way back when it was responsible for making Elizabeth Hurley and her considerable assets famous overnight.
Still, this was no retrospective. Instead, Donatella sent out skin-tight PVC tailoring, black pencil dresses slashed to reveal flashes of flesh and fastened with oversized polished chrome nails, chokers dripping with heavy metal razor blades and talon heeled boots studded with spikes. Then there were tartan mini-kilts (they've been everywhere but were shortest and sharpest here), oversized furs dyed in cartoon tiger stripes and leopard spots and silk gowns that clung to every curve worn with dominatrix leather bras over the top.
It's safe to say that the Versace view of this, possibly the most influential street style in history, was far from understated. Seditionary-style T-shirts, for example, were printed with WILD but trimmed with mink, cobweb knits were finished with equally upscale pom poms and bondage straps were covered in gleaming Medusa heads. Still, in its own way, VUNK rocked.