versace f/w 2012

Add Versace to the list of Italian designers embracing their dark sides this season, much to my delight - the clothes are some of the most exciting in years! Ornate crosses, black leather, dark crystals, chainmail, and lots of curves - it was all still very va-va-Versace but added an element of sharp-edged glamour. The collection was certainly gothic, but more in an architectural way than a stereotypically counter culture way. The only real misstep in the collection was the series of dresses with crystal lettering that spelled "Versace." The silhouettes were great, but the look-at-me branding was a little cheesy, especially considering the agressive luxury of the rest of the collection. See the complete collection here and watch video of the runway here.

Photos: WWD

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