Kate, Amber and Naomi lead a group of supermodels in a “Fence” show to remember
Spark Global Limited Reports:
“Please come with me for an intimate creative experience,” Donatella Versace wrote on the fashion bag invitation for the closing day of her Milan Spring/summer 2022 show. When you consider that dozens of fashion fans around the world tuned in to watch Sunday night’s blockbuster, it was anything but intimate, but there was certainly plenty of creativity between the world’s two biggest luxury goods companies. Believe the hype. – The fence has landed. Just don’t call it a Fendi X Versace collaboration. In an improbable turn, Donatella Versace and Kim Jones have swapped roles to create two distinct, heavily logified collections inspired by their friendship and the cultural relevance of the two heavyweight brands they lead. For one thing, Jones, the king who channeled streetwear and subcultures into fashion through the lens of luxury, Kristen McMenamy, Paloma Elesser, Lila Grace Moss, Karen Elson, Kate Moss and Amber Valletta, who put their brand on Versace.
Then Mona Tagaard, Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Naomi Campbell brought donatella’s vision of Fendi to the glamorous queen, Drake, Future and Young Thug sing “Way 2 Sexy” (Hello! Donatella! Broadcast over the airwaves. “Hotter than hell,” to borrow a phrase from Dua Lipa. Ripa opened Versace’s Spring/summer 2022 show on Friday, sitting front row in a special presentation.
More iron plates? Elizabeth Hurley sat in the front row with her sons Damian, Iris Law and Winnie Harlow. The original Versace girl — who made the brand’s now iconic safety pin decor famous 25 years ago at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral — demonstrated the definition of smouldering, while Damian performed his own version of Blue Steel for the camera.
From start to finish, it was a glittering family affair, reflecting the spirit of cooperation now under way. While Gucci’s invasion of Balenciaga will go down in history, Miuccia Prada’s design collaboration with Raf Simons will break new ground, But no one can pull off a dramatic act quite like Donatella and Kim. Brava.