This year, Versace presented their current fashion trends for the fall/winter 2011/2012 season in a verdant green setting, inside a superb 19th century garden in the heart of Milan. Under a transparent dome, the location brought us to a corner of the city that seems to have remained uncontaminated from centuries past.
The collection featured a sequence of geometrical forms and proportions recalling the Bauhaus ethos, in which design is never left to chance, but is generated by means of disciplined rules and precision. This could be a reinterpretation of the currents in art in the early 20th century, in which the preparatory studies for a work were almost as important as the final result.
The garments in the collection are presented in a softer and freer version, in which the shoulder lines of jackets and coats are more relaxed. Lengths have been reviewed, and jackets were longer, with a lower waistline.
Knitwear was consistently superb in terms of workmanship, and it was given body and volume by means of textures and colours that produced the impression of wearing fully three-dimensional fabrics. In fact, the materials at the core of the collection are leather, wool and cashmere, with a colour range including electric blue, camel, red and violet, with a few accents in pink. Suits are predominantly in grey, in a whole range of chromatic variations.
Accessories were almost completely eliminated, with just the classic tie, leather gloves and shoes remaining. The shoes had pointed toes that produced a highly contemporary style, while sunglasses were part of both daytime and evening outfits.
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