Donatella Smells Like Teen Spirit

Punk lux comes down the Versace runway

Image Above: Donnatella Shot by Avedon; Cover Story Image: Versace Collection Fall 2019 Runway Look

BY: PROVOKR Editors

Punk lux comes down the Versace runway…

Kai Gerber On the runway-Versace 2019 Fall Collection -wearing brown hat and punk look

Versace Fall 2019 Runway Show-Model with short bob wearing a leather coat jacket

Tune in the colors of Billie Eilish, the decadence and thrift shop flare of Kurt and Courtney, and the punk symbols of safety pins, bondage, rips and anarchy in fashion created by Richard Hell and the Sex Pistols. Now beam in the magic of Donnatella Versace’s vision and you have the amazing Versace Fall RTW 2019.

Versace collection fall 2019 runway show-model wearing blue negliget with red lace trim and yellow stockings

Versace Fall 2019 Runway Show-Model wearing black leather and lace tunic with gold staps, blue sweater and red shoes with blue socks

Donatella’s take was to mashup top of the line luxury with a heavy sampling from those music artists who pushed hard on music and fashion boundaries.

Stella Maxwell Walking on Runway-Versace Fall 2019

Prior to the runway show Donatella said,” A little bit of imperfection is the new perfection.” The result is wonderfully bold and full of attitude.  We were bombarded with slouchy Kurt Cobain cashmere sweaters, dresses and jackets held together with safety pins, bondage touches, punk pins and badges, untucked shirts and Courtney Love’s slip dresses.

Versace Collection Spring 2019 Runway-Courtney Love Grunge Look-Model with Light Blue Stockings

Versace Fall 2019 Runway Look-Pink Jacket with gold buttons, Pink Bondage Bra, Blue Sweater and Lime Green Pants

The colors really were a point of difference with lime greens, pinks, fierce oranges and yellows. Donatella has always been a huge music fan and her favorite musical influences were on full display.

Versace Fall 2019 Runway Show-Model wearing black leather and lace tunic with gold staps, blue sweater and red shoes with blue socks

The runway music? We wished she had called. We needed a mix of the Dead Boys “Aint it Fun” and Hole’s Celebrity Skin, Jennifer’s Body, and Malibu then ending in a flourish of English Punk to elevate the show to it’s highest emotional peak.

Versace Fall 2019 Runway Show-Model wearing sexy bondage dress

Versace Fall 2019 Runway Show-Model Wearing Black Blazer, Large gold earings, necklace and boots with gold bows

The looks are so good that they could stand up to the best punk/grunge music that influenced the collection. These songs seeped into storage into Donatella’s brain and cosmically flowed out her fingertips like Kurt Cobain’s guitar rants. She painted a wondrous collection.

Outakes of Donnatella Versace shot by Avedon with a hot pink border