In a bold move, Donatella Versace, creative director of the Versace brand, decided to present the men’s and women’s collections together on the fashion week runway for the first time.
The idea blurs the lines of the gender binary and presents the collections for both genders on equal footing. It’s not the most revolutionary idea the fashion world has ever had, but it’s a step towards putting men and women on the same level. Putting men and women on the same runway also loosens the limitations on who gets to wear what in the fashion world.
With this Versace runway, the message is clear. Men and women can wear whatever they want, regardless of gender. Boys can look great in bedazzled shorts, women can rock a suit and tie, and everything in between.
According to the Versace website,
“VERSACE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH SELF-CONFIDENCE AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. FOR FALL-WINTER 2020, DONATELLA VERSACE CONTINUES THIS CULTURAL CONVERSATION BY PRESENTING THE WOMEN’S AND MEN’S COLLECTIONS ON THE SAME RUNWAY IN A CELEBRATION OF EQUALITY AND INCLUSIVITY”
The collection certainly does embody those ideals. It’s expressive, bold, and features a distinct crossover in gender lines. Every piece is eye-catching, and most of the pieces have an androgynous vibe that embodies the spirit of what Versace is trying to achieve with everyone of every gender on the same runway.
“Who is the man and who is the woman of today?”, said Versace of the decision to blend the collections, “The reason I wanted to do show my men’s and women’s collections together today is because men and women are equally powerful.”
The Collection: Does it Work?
The full collection was not just flexible in blending menswear and women’s fashion, it was also completely fabulous. The Versace runway featured pieces ranging from 70s inspired patterns to gorgeous coats in various fabrics.
It was one of those runways shows that beautifully blends the creative with the classic, the outrageous with the totally wearable. It’s a classic Versace collection. Bold, flamboyant patterns perfectly tailored on models both male and female. Not to mention the minidresses that are to die for.
The gender-bending confidence fueled extravaganza was also an incredibly star-studded show. Some of the most recognizable names in the industry came out to slay. Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid, famed sister modeling duo walked the runway with Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk, and Kaia Gerber.
Versace did something really fantastic with Fashion Week 2020, and hopefully, other brands take note. Fashion can be forward-thinking without sacrificing an ounce of fabulousness.