Spring is currently in full swing and I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the weather getting warmer, or finally being able to order an iced latte without it causing my hands to go numb. Obviously, another perk of the warmer season is being able to pack away the heavy coats and tights, and bring out the lighter jackets to pair with our booties and dresses. Being someone who particularly loves this look, I got lucky when Versace reinvented it during fashion week in September through the reveal of her spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection.
Donatella Versace paired colors of neutral black, brown, green and burgundy with feisty animal printed patterns, lace, fur, suede and leather in order to create the ultimate ensemble that is the epitome of girl power. She has already revealed that the goal she had in mind when creating these looks was to “do something strong.” So, I decided to try it out for myself.
I started with a statement piece that every girl who adores dresses should own: a little black dress (LBD). It can be worn just about as many times as one heart could desire because of the many ways it can be sported. I added a lace black bralette under mine to add texture and maintain the girly vibe. Next, I wore a lighter suede jacket for color and warmth when that spring sun goes down. I paired this with metallic ankle boots to bring in the combat feel that Versace was aiming for. Then, I added a cheetah print and fringe cross-body bag to resemble the colorful animal patterns that embodied the feisty zest that her collection radiates. To top it off, I added a touch of my own personal style with the chunky stone necklace and beaded choker.
Not only does Versace represent a brand of phenomenal fashion, but she is truly an inspiration to all women. “I know fashion is not something that can change the world, but it can change the woman. It can empower the woman. It can make her strong, in herself, and to believe in herself more,” Versace said.
Although my look was only a mimic of the Versace couture, I still felt the empowering feminist spirit as I pranced around in my little black dress and metallic boots while proudly holding my iced vanilla latte.