With its fierce attitude, its fantastic sense of humour and the whole dazzling universe that surrounds it, Versace is so amazing in itself it’s hard not to appreciate it. For her Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Donatella Versace painted her catwalk room lime green and injected a whole lot of street cred into her woman’s wardrobe. A piercing Nine Inch Nails soundtrack – including an uncensored version of Closer, which must have made Selena Gomez swallow her tongue on the front row – set the mood for a hootchie collection of full skirts cut at the knee, bandage bustiers, and seams held together by silver staples.
It was a terrific start to a show, which sometimes struggled to stay at the very high level of hotness for which it had aimed. But while a gift-wrappy floral print and several exits of soft chainmail reminiscent of that Dolce & Gabbana collection from around the year 2000 didn’t hit the nail on the head, flowers in leather appliqué on a silky aquamarine shirt worn with matching leather trousers found the balance between street and, well, chic to perfection. As the models walked out for the finale, Donatella played the only song she could have played: Migos and Drake’s Versace. 'I know that you like it, Versace. My neck and my wrist is so sloppy. Versace, Versace, I love it.' And how could you not?