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MFW: VERSACE S/S 2010

Versace lost me there for awhile. The house went through a few seasons where their collections felt outdated, and almost tacky and inappropriate at times. While for the Spring/Summer 2010 collection Donatella Versace delivered a number of crisply tailored body hugging suits the glaringly bright colors and abundance of clashing, vibrant prints still had the outdated feeling to me.
 
 
I understand that Versace is all about the va va voom factor, but can’t that be done without wearing a strapless number with metallic accents and a slit up to nearly your hip? While the focus of the collection was on the slew of short, form-fitting mini dresses, the collection’s gowns seemed to me to be the most inappropriately revealing – think a parade of the dresses that Blake Lively has been known to favor (revealing in the back, revealing in the front, revealing at the bottom…you get the point).
 
 
Between the slits, the cut-outs, the bead-work, deep V necklines, and the bold colors, most every one of them felt like overkill. Some of them appeared to have fit issues – in particular, a pale pink blush one with a deep V neckline and corset-like strings at either side of the model’s body which caused the gown to hang awkwardly as she moved.
 
 
The most successful looks were the ones where Versace toned things down and kept it simple, as with a white dress with a metallic pattern accent that was wonderfully flattering.

 

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.