Gianni Versace founded his famous label back in 1978, and Donatella has upheld his legacy since his death in 1997. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the brutal murder of Gianni Versace in broad daylight in Miami Beach. To honor his memory, Donatella paid him an exceptional homage. To close the Milan Fashion Week show, taking place at the Palazzo Della Triennale Art and Design Museum in Milan, the world’s most iconic models – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni – hit the runway in metallic, ’90s-inspired gold gowns alongside designer Donatella Versace, soundtracked by George Michael’s Freedom.
“We pay homage to not only his artistic genius but to who he was as a man, and above all, as my brother. It would be impossible to commemorate Gianni’s entire world in a single collection, therefore, I have decided to honor his legacy with his beloved prints and dazzling metal mesh. This collection is for you, Gianni.” Donatella Versace
The key prints and pieces from the years 1991–95, the period that saw some of Gianni Versace’s most iconic collections: Vogue, Warhol, My Friend Elton, Icons, Baroque, Animalia, Native Americans, Tresor de la Mer, Metal Mesh, and Butterflies were used as an inspiration for Gianni’s tribute. From each of these prints, Donatella Versace remade and reinterpreted the blouses, square-shouldered jackets, leggings, catsuits, corsets, trenches, mini sheaths, and maxi skirts. Not to mention high-waisted jeans, logo tees, fanny packs, and jeweled stiletto boots. Each thematic grouping was rendered in a full capsule collection so that one can, say, have a full wardrobe of Vogue cover girls to wear day to night, or starfishes, or the faces of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
Of course, the industry’s hottest supermodels also made walked the Versace runway. Bella and Gigi Hadid wore gold-and-black dresses in an ornate print. Kaia Gerber also hit the runway just minutes before her mother Cindy, making it a moment to be remembered in the fashion industry. Donatella also brought back her favorite models like Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Mariacarla Boscono, and Anja Rubik for a true assortment of Versace babes from all decades.