Donatella Versace’s Spring 2020 collection was filled with nods to her late brother Gianni Versace and the late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint. Before the show, Donatella gave a short tribute to Flint saying, “I dedicate this collection to my old friend. He was disruption… he performed right here the last time he was in Milan.”
Her models in the show rocked spiked-up slime green, red, yellow, teal and purple dyed hair, while wearing distressed flannel shirts with denim vests, tie-dye and acid wash jeans. The looks were accessorized with funky white vintage sunglasses with blue, yellow, orange or green tinged lenses, originally designed for the Notorious B.I.G. by Gianni Versace in the 90s.
Versace’s signature was printed on skinny black ties worn with patent leather jackets and skinny leopard print suits. Vintage Versace fragrance ads were also seen on t-shirts and on jeans. And of course Donatella had to add a modern element – her take on the half and half trend came by suits with leopard print or plaid on one side, and plain black on the other.
Donatella stated that the collection is all about embracing “contemporary masculinity.” “When a man becomes a man the first thing he wants is a car,” she continued. And in the middle of the runway was a black sports car covered with pink and purple flowers created by artist/musician Andy Dixon. The theme continued with sports car prints as seen on model Xu Meen and bad boy fringed leather biker jackets like the one worn by Kohei Takabatake. “I wanted to explore the elements that empower a man. It’s definitely the confidence, the freedom and desire to express himself without hesitation,” says Donatella.