Recently Atelier Versace presented their Fall 2014 couture collection, and it sparked a thought in my head about re-visiting such collections, taking the elements apart and looking at all of it again with a more critical eye. Surely there are many who tend to dismiss Versace as a brand with a pretty vulgar aesthetic, but much went down the runway this time that was worth serious consideration.
I want to start with this piece, which presents a jacket of a new shape that could easily translate into the real world; just lose the overly tricky and obvious cut out with straps, and that jacket could be rendered in myriad fabrics and colors. I won't even about the skirt. This in essence is what buyers are doing when they go to shows of this sort. They aren't looking to do the outfit presented in its entirety, but rather to pull notions that can be made up in ready to wear effectively.
You see, what we can get out of this, apart from simply dissecting a couture collection is a lesson in how to edit in our own lives, and present ourselves in a clear voiced way. If we see someone on the street and our eye cannot rest anywhere, then something too much is going on. I don't mean that anyone should stop expressing themselves fully, merely that expressing oneself fully, also means with clarity.