Donatella Versace holds court in a royal palace

The Medusa house changed locations this season to the Palazzo Reale, the city’s former royal palace, and at the finale Donatella Versace took her bow with all the aplomb of a fashion queen.
An action-packed show; loaded with hipster commercial sportswear; acres of tartan, classic prints and a series of cool references to the key accessory of the current European season – the hijab.
It opened and closed with Natalia Vodianova, first in a Stasi spy coat in waxy ruby leather, perched on studded mules; later in a pop abstractionist frayed silk mini cocktail. Though the defining moment was a duet with catwalk stars Edie Campbell and Rianne van Rompaey, a blaze of color that include Big Cat leggings and body stockings, tribal techno skirts; black crew necks and lots of hair.

Donatella took her bow to decent applause in the Sala delle Cariatidi

Like in her January show during the menswear season here there was a whole varsity theme, with college scarves, Argyle socks, and preppy tartan skirts, albeit cut for a naughty after hours party. Medusas everywhere – on chokers, earrings, buttons and bags.
Interspersed throughout, hijabs. Most memorably three saucy widows out on the prowl, all in black but with never ending legs; Jackie O sunglasses; and all three topped with black hijabs.
Donatella took her bow to decent applause, clearly at home in the Sala delle Cariatidi. It had been the location of a major welcoming lunch two days before for editors and executives in town for the season. They were there also to celebrate the opening of a major retrospective of fashion on the peninsula, entitled Italiana.

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