With Beyoncé and Mariah Carey lined up as her front-row celebrity focus group, it came as no surprise when Donatella Versace trotted out an eye-popping spectacle of color and print. Versace’s multihued petal power overflowed with hothouse citrus, turquoise, pink, and violetall those shades that look best in the sun, on utterly bodacious bodies.
Using a combination of stretchy draped tops, thigh-hugging pedal pushers, and a huge rush of floral gowns, Versace reprised something of the exuberant eighties optimism for which her brother Gianni was known. (Linda Evangelista walked the show as a reminder of those high old days.) There were halternecks, bra tops, and flouncy rumba blouses. A turquoise suitif a jacket and a pair of micro shorts qualifies for such a descriptioncame printed with magenta daisies. Tiny chiffon ruffles trimmed everything from plunging necklines on trailing evening gowns to provocative bikini bottoms. There were some calmer moments, like white suits and a couple of tooled leather, frill-embellished jackets and coats. But as the models strode up and down, big hair bouncing and curves outlined to the max, this looked like a collection aimed directly at divas.