For the past few seasons, Balmain has been the go-to house for young party girls in need of clothes as young as sexy as themselves; but for Spring 2010, it appears Versace wants that title back. After several seasons of sophisticated and safe collections, Donatella Versace chose to pay homage to her late great brother, Gianni. Donatella cherry picked Gianni’s most influential and successful time to pay tribute to: the years of the Supermodels in the early nineties. The nineties glamazon flashback alone might have seemed dated, but Donatella shoots right into 2010 with inspiration from Tim Burton’s new remake of Alice in Wonderland, "I loved the idea of that fantasyland," explained Donatella
Prints from down the rabbit hole including clocks, playing cards and rabbits shape into bold brocades printed onto the shortest of skirts and dresses. Vivid pastels, geometric prints, cut-outs, and chainmail are all featured heavily in the collection, which might come across as tacky, if it weren’t for the quality and construction from the Versace atelier. The shoes and bags were colour blocked, and most heels were longer than the hemlines. The collection was also on-key with the techno scuba trend, with many pieces featured plexiglass shine or cut-outs. Perhaps what kept the collection coherent was the perfect balance between extremes. The mix of softness with edge as seen in stud embellished chiffon, or the mix of a glamorous supermodel with innocent Alice (best portrayed by Abbey Lee, Lily Donaldson, Vlada Roslyakova, and Natasha Poly). After the jump see some of my favourite looks from the collection that brings Versace to a new generation.