Donatella Versace Goes Goth with a Conscience for A/W’12

by Katie on February 25, 2012

There’s been a spate of darkness about the A/W ’12 shows in New York, London and Milan: reassuringly black (quite literally) but not grim in these austere times and striving for the inner Goth. Embrace the severity it seems to say.
Even at Versace, the home of Miss Vibrant and sometimes Lurid Colourama herself, we’ve seen a move towards Glam Medieval Gothery staking its claim as restrained sexiness and outwardly paying penitence for having enough disposable mullah to ride the Euro economic rollercoaster.
Donatella has been riding that rollercoaster recently, taking in all the highs without the lows with collection after collection of hits and her phenomenal (some say, does she really need it) success of her H&M branded high street collaborations. This season, if Donatella takes it to the mass, we’ll see an army of dark Joan of Arc born-again virgins of dubious purity but with plenty of penitence. Seamed and studded leather coats, chainmail evening dresses, crucifix adorned strict throat hugging tight numbers, leather sculpted bustiers and jackets all converged to say, ‘I am glamorous but I am not worthy.’ This is Versace with a modernist Medieval conscience.
There were still oomphs of power dressing with Donatella’s strict, body sculpted lines and Red Carpet moments in heaps but this was undoubtedly statement dressing at the highest level – ‘Do not forsake me as I am wearing Versace.’ Donatella’s devoted following of thin, wealthy, youthful women, too conventional and concentrated sexy to be alternative in their own right will love it as much as the magazines which will endlessly feature it, reifying their choice.
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