Versace collection showcase

June 10, 2011 § 6 Comments

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the Versace Collection Showcase at Neiman Marcus. I am really not a big fan of Versace, but I thought the showcase was very interesting. Kate Lanphear, the style director of Elle magazine, led it and talked about the theme and different styles of this seasons collection. The concept of the event was nice and interesting. Basically, you probably could have gotten on the list if you spent enough of your husbands money at Neiman Marcus, and the women screamed tacky wealthy house wives. Everything Kate Lanphear had to say was pretty interesting, but I was still distracted by the brightly colored aging women seated around me. I was a fish out of water. But this whole thing felt like more of a sales pitch rather than a fashion show, yet there were still interesting parts to this whole thing.

So according to Kate Lanphear, Donatella’s inspiration was sixties and especially Edie Sedgwick. She was also inspired by a military elements and jewel tones. Leather was used as a lot of accents and Baroque and serpent like designs found their ways through out the collection. If you do not like Versace and are not a fan of looking like a wife from the movie “Goodfellas”, then most of this collection is not for you. But surprisingly there were some pieces that were elegant and subtle enough like this first dress I have posted below. Other than that, it was the normal and expected styles for a Versace collection.

Below I have posted pictures of the pieces displayed at this showcase.















§ 6 Responses to Versace collection showcase

  • Aaron says:

    Kate Lanphear, the style director at Elle Magazine (U.S.), is only from Australia. ;-)

  • sandy ludwig says:

    Very entertaining,I have to say i like what i see in your pics!

  • Aaron says:

    Great post! I thought Lanphear’s commentary about Versace being confidence-centric was stating the obvious, preaching to the choir of attendees at Neiman-Marcus. I would have liked to see the collection use snake skin, for example, but not in the form of a snake. It reminds me of the children’s book, see spot run, hear spot run, etc. I think my favorite was the leather jersey fabric, which I recall Lanphear said was a favorite at the debut show.

    • simplykate14 says:

      yeah i don’t think she said anything that most people in there didn’t know already. Except for talking about the theme of this collection, it was all pretty obvious statements. I think we also have to remember that these are the pieces that Neiman Marcus picked to carry. I am assuming that there are a lot of other pieces in the collection that may be complete the story.

      • Great point! I remember how some of the collection, like the bracelets and what Kate wore herself, weren’t available. That was quite a moment: to get this look, go here, here, and here. Sign of the times, how shopping in stores is more about selling an experience, not necessarily all the pieces/sizes/etc., unfortunately.

      • simplykate14 says:

        yeah poor marketing on Neimans part. They should have only showed things that you can buy at Neimans. Not things that will be at other stores. Probably lost a lot of business that way.

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