- Title: ITALY: VERSACE PRESENTS NEW COLLECTION
- Date: 7th March 1996
- Summary: MILAN, ITALY (MARCH 7, 1996) 1. LV/SV HIGHLIGHTS OF DESIGNER VERSACE'S READY-TO-WEAR FASHION SHOW (27 SHOTS) 2.37 2. SV VERSACE ON STAGE WITH MODELS AT END OF SHOW, BLOWS KISS TO AUDIENCE (4 SHOTS) 2.52 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 22nd March 1996 12:00
- Location: MILAN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVAD60GASFI3IIO3Q9AFD0D0YNPX
- Story Text: Italian fashion designer Versace on Thursday (March 7) used simplicity with basic colours to enhance his idea of the young radiant woman as the autumn/winter ready-to-wear fashion shows in Milan came to an end.
The models with their hair slightly curled showed a short hemline for next season in the predominant colours of red, pink and sky-blue. Versac shaved silhouettes close in to the body but strove not to restrict movement.
The designs, paraded by a host of supermodels including Britain's Naomi Campbell and Germany's Claudia Schiffer, aimed for "purity of line, a sense of comfort, practicality founded on intelligent cuts and proportions" and targeted an "intensely feminine woman who exudes self confidence," Versace said.
Using a palette of powder blue against scarlet, wine red against purple or pale green, Versace constrasted hems and dresses, jackets and skirts, and shoes and stockings.
Trousers were straight-legged, slung low at the hip and worn over high-heeled brightly dyed shoes. Dresses and jackets had pockets at the hip and breast while coats and jackets narrowed at the waist and skimmed over the hips.
For evening sophistication, models swayed out in ankle-length sheaths, some in powder blue and hard red with a filmy body and opaque panels to floor, others in monotone powder purple, blue, pink or lime green with filmy sequinned panels either on the body or up one side of the skirt.
For those with more playful taste, there were straight minis in a swinging silvery fabric cut to the very top of the thigh, sequinned gauzy slip dresses faced with leather, and shiny lacquered lace slips in silvery blue and purple.
Dresses with sharp lines characterised Versace's new collection. "I've simplified everything, to make my designs more accessible. I had to, with nearly 400 shops around the world...", Versace explained, calling his collection "minimal chic".
The Milan shows move into their last day on Friday when leading Italian fashion guru Giorgio Armani presents his chief designs at his palatial headquarters here.
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