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April 21 2014

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Is Donatella Versace Fashion’s Sexiest Feminist?

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Donatella VersaceFeminism is emerging as a strong Spring ’14 theme—just look at Prada’s triumphant parade of girl power or Eddie Borgo’s Riot Grrrl-inspired range. Donatella Versace, who sent her skin-baring collection down the runway on Friday, joined the conversation this weekend, sounding off about feminism and sexy frocks in an interview with The Independent. “Every woman likes sex. If they don’t like it, they should go to a shrink!” she said in reference to her sultry wares. “I’m not talking about sex-shop dresses, but dresses that can help you look better than you are and more confident…. When you are confident wearing certain kinds of clothes, you are more confident about your ideas and have more courage to say…your opinions,” she explained, later adding, “Sexy clothes don’t only express ‘I want sex,’ but courage. ‘This is me, this is my courage. You need to confront me.” She definitely has a point—power dressing comes in all silhouettes and shades these days. However, we have a feeling that a sheer V-neck gown cut down to here might tempt one’s company to focus on something other than her “opinions.”

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ InDigitalImages.com

House of Ver-sase?

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Gina Gershon and Donatella Versace

Gina Gershon—actress of Face/Off, P.S. I Love You, and, yes, Showgirls fame—has been tapped to play Donatella Versace in the upcoming made-for-TV biopic House of Versace. We don’t suspect there will be a pronunciation slipup in honor of Gershon’s Showgirls co-star, Elizabeth Berkley, but we definitely wouldn’t oppose it.

Cross My Heart

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Versace, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Michael Kors, Bouchra Jarrar

This month at the Fall ’13 Couture shows, a string of designers skipped the strapless cut and instead embraced a crisscross or strip of fabric just above the heart. “The cross-body neckline is a modern look at Couture,” stylist Jessica de Ruiter explains. “It allows for a flash of skin despite the dress being quiet, covered with long sleeves, or classic in its silhouette.”

At Atelier Versace, Donatella deftly proved her hand at Couture (having returned to show again in Paris only a year and a half ago) with a striking body-con number featuring open panels, which, to de Ruiter’s point, revealed nothing and everything all at once. Subtle seduction appeared at Bouchra Jarrar, too, where the designer paired the cross-my-heart neckline with menswear separates, tempering its overt sex appeal with trousers. And Alexandre Vauthier brought a new draped take to the trend, artfully crossing the fabric over the chest while still leaving plenty of skin on display. The design even made its way across the Atlantic, landing on Catherine Zeta-Jones at New York’s Red 2 premiere. She donned a revelatory Michael Kors (from Fall ’13, no less) that kept the trend on track despite New York’s near-triple-digit weather.

Photos: Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Versace);  Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com (Catherine Zeta-Jones); Allesandro Viero/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Bouchra Jarrar)

Diamonds Are a Boy’s Best Friend

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Diamond looks from Bottega Veneta, Versace, and Peter Jensen

Flipping an age-old adage on its glittering axis, designers have proposed diamonds—the shape, though, not the gemstone—as a Spring ’14 menswear motif. Both Ports 1961 and Giorgio Armani sent forth abstract, faded parallelograms—the former on a cream-colored bomber, the latter by means of spray-painted T-shirts. Yet the strongest use of the shape came on knitwear. Tomas Maier, for example, offered a heather-gray jumper with a repeating diamond pattern in his midcentury mash-up for Bottega Veneta (above, left). Donatella Versace paneled a navy, Medusa-buttoned cardigan in delicate rhombuses (above, center). And lastly, London’s Peter Jensen rendered a vermillion paragon on an ice-blue jumper, knit from ultrafine U.K. yarns (above, right). “There’s a whole playing card intarsia story in my collection,” Jensen told Style.com, noting his use of hearts, spades, and clubs, too. But the diamond may be his favorite. “It’s about time that diamonds become a boy’s best friend,” he said.

Photo: Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Bottega);  Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Versace); Courtesy of Peter Jensen

Bust Out the Bra

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Bra top Resort looks from Versace, Jason Wu, and Emilio Pucci

Bras outside the boudoir seem like a natural progression for a burgeoning season that oft abides by midriffs and swimwear. At Resort, designers are blurring the line between bedroom and warm-weather wares, giving tiny tops a bustier feel. Take, for instance, Jason Wu‘s balconette-meets-bandage bra (above, center), which he paired with matching botanical-print board shorts. “I’ve always loved these lingerie-esque looks, and I’ve always loved a little swimsuit for Resort,” offered Wu when asked about his belly-baring wares. “The lower-waisted proportion felt right, and there was almost like a surfer-ish attitude about it. And I think it’s a sexy place to bare,” he added. “You work very hard for it. So why not?”

Others, like Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, offered a seemingly more conservative approach to the crème de la crop top. The pair showed a red pencil-skirt-and-elongated-blazer combo which, upon further inspection, reveals an itty-bitty top with an iteration of Cushnie et Ochs’ signature cutouts. At Versace (above, left), Donatella turned out a spearmint gingham top-let coupled with a playfully patterned pant. Meanwhile, Hervé Léger‘s Max Azria and Calvin Klein‘s Francisco Costa served up a sportier approach to the bra-turned-top by incorporating full-frontal zippers. The same sense of ease was seen at A.L.C. and Emilio Pucci (above, right), where banded bras seemed more staple than statement maker.

Photos: Courtesy Photos