It can feel as if we’re living through some kind of Greek myth these days. We may not be at Atlantis-levels of destruction just yet but if you’re feeling bleak, then Donatella Versace has some good news. Like many other designers in Milan this week, Versace, the high priestess of opulent glamour, dialled-up, rather than dialled-down the house look.
In a digital-only show, we saw ancient, broken columns and Medusa heads in an underwater world, quiet and abandoned. Then in marched Versace’s troop of sleek, modern mermaids, in strong dark tailoring at first, soon evolving into an uplifting spectrum of colour and decoration. This was Versaceopolis; ‘a utopian settlement created on the seabed and populated by strong and confident men and women.’ Medusa, whose image Gianni Versace chose as the logo for his brand, ‘reigns there with courage and strength.’