Versace’s Fall/Winter 2022 show was all about the corset

If you want to know what’s in Donatella Versace’s personal wardrobe, just watch the Versace Fall/Winter 2022 show. From the liquid pants to the cinched corset dresses that made their catwalk debut, they all looked like pieces you’d see her wear in real life. (One of the models even looked suspiciously like the designer.) This link between a designer and his creations is not completely new, because each artist leaves an imprint of his sartorial vision in his collections. However, in this range, the Versace touch was a palpable energy that jumped off the runway.

The first look to come was a flowy and understated black pantsuit set. Consider this the appetizer of the collection, if you will. The outfits that followed were more enticing the more you factor in the cropped hemlines and bright pops of fuchsia and cerulean blue. Models wore a mix of hot pink micro skirts and mini dresses, a natural continuation of the sultry Spring 22 dress trend. All of the garments hugged the figure of its wearer for a figure-hugging appearance.

“Never shy or withdrawn, the Versace woman for Fall/Winter 2022 has a powerful and alluring sense of mystery, moving in and out. With unabashed certainty, she fully owns her allure and knows exactly when to unleash his power,” read the show’s notes.

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However, the spotlight was heavily directed at the Atelier Versace bustier, which came in all shapes and forms. (Gucci, too, recently put its own sporty spin on the regencycore trend.) The fitted bodice appeared on cropped puffer jackets (a standout IMO) and long-sleeve cropped tops. Corset boning details have been worked into the center section of houndstooth print dresses and silky briefs. Model Gigi Hadid walked the runway in a fiery red dress that featured the aforementioned sultry details. According to the show’s notes, “the bustier can be seen as both powerful protective armor and overtly provocative, giving a sense of agency to the wearer.”

Elsewhere in the collection, a form-fitting corset top was covered in chains of shimmering crystals – perhaps this could serve as a new going-out top? It was brilliantly styled with low rise flare jeans that were baggy and shiny. Bell bottoms seemed to be one of Versace’s favorites for the season, as nearly all leather pants, tailored work pants and jeans took on the floral hem. If you need confirmation that skinnies are still “out” for 2022, this is your signal.

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As for accessories, the seasonal presentation showcased Versace’s new line of Greca Goddess bags that tap into the house’s culture of myth and luxury. (For those who need a refresher on the brand’s history here: Versace’s iconic logo is the head of Medusa, a Greek mythological figure. Gianni Versace is said to have chosen this design after recalling seeing it. on ruins in Reggio Calabria, an area he and his siblings used to play.)

If you recall, last year, in a major move for Versace, it introduced a new monogram, the “La Greca”, which is a play on the brand’s Greek Key motif, in its Fall/Winter 2021 collection. For Fall 2022, you can catch this La Greca motif on the central gold hardware and chain straps of the handbags. For example, the symbol appears on a wrist strap, shown below.

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Once you fully assimilate Versace’s latest collection, you’ll find that this line exudes confidence and power, just like Donatella Versace herself. Ahead, see more looks from the presentation, then invest in a bustier top, or two, once the pieces drop later this year. (TZR will let you know the exact date.)

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