Gray Milanese skies greeted the tired fashion flock
with marked disdain, unleashing a snowstorm of
biblical proportions upon their arrival. But by the
time Donatella Versace's show began, all talk of
delayed flights, traffic jams and mud-splattered
Manolos had given way to the usual game of celebrity
spotting as Sting, Trudie Styler, singer Goldie and a
diamond-and-fishnets-clad Signora Russell Simmons made
their way to the front row.
Versace played up many of the themes she explored recently with her couture collection. Graphic prints, fitted hips and corseted waistlines were all at the core of her collection, though she managed to stray from the old-school diva allure; Trompe l'oeildenim leather jeans and fitted blazers, wide-wale corduroy blousons, plush parkas in cashmere and sable, and several blue-tinted knockabout furs all looked sensational yet casual and easy to wear. The same could not be said for a couple of cocktail dresses with leather derriere huggers and an inexplicable inability to contain the bust; fortunately, Versace offered plenty of other after-5 options that included long, flared and belted satin gowns, flirty mini coats and show-stopping lacquered lace dresses that should be turning up on plenty of red carpets in the near future.