Ask us what our dream party outfit would be, and it would most definitely include Versace. Be it a gilt Medusa head or baroque body-con dress, no one quite captures the essence of party dressing as Donatella Versace. And with the party season well and truly upon us, Net-a-Porter have tapped her unique brand of glamour for an exclusive capsule collection dedicated to the party girl.
Fusing heritage elements with silhouettes and prints presented in Versace’s Cruise 2020 Collection, the holiday-inspired cocktail collection pays homage to Versace’s patron saint, Gianni, employing his original handwritten signature. Presented in black and white, the autograph is depicted on tailored blazers, cocktail dresses, handbags and sandals, while a graphic take on the brand’s Barocco is featured on slim-fit separates.
A highlight of Net-a-Porter’s already plenteous party edit, the range taps Versace’s archival styles, “perfectly embodying the hedonistic spirit of the 90’s, through the brand’s iconic heritage gold details, high shine metallics and inherent high-octane glamour,” notes Net-a-Porter’s Global Buying Director, Elizabeth von der Goltz.
It’s also a range close to Versace’s female-centric heart. “This collection is a celebration of the Versace woman,” muses Donatella. “Confidence, glamour and fun are in her DNA – she’s the life of the party.” Indeed, via lightly draped silver lamé dresses embellished with crystals and column gowns with bondage necklines – she is the life of the party. Add Versace’s iconic tuxedo dress, Greca chain belts and Emblematic Medusa studwork – and the Versace party equation is complete.
But Donatella maintains it’s not just about being a party girl. “My woman is not just a party girl, but she wants to look fabulous when the time comes to go out and have fun.” At the end of the day, the brand is all about empowering women, something Gianni parlayed through his innately feminine designs in the 1990s and that Donatella has continued to honour to this day. “There are no rules, there are no limits. Versace attracts women with a certain type of personality, women who are not afraid to dare, who stand up for what they believe in, who are not afraid to make bold choices. Fashion can be a weapon; it can boost your confidence. But the power of the woman – that comes from within.” And in a pair of Versace’s high-heeled pumps and mesh mini dress, you can take over the world, or at the very least, the party.