Donatella Versace took a break from her usual Milan location to showcase her fashion line in Los Angeles, just three days before the Oscars. She drew inspiration from the energy, glamour, and power of Hollywood, and while she had plenty of it, she needed one more thing to make it all work: favorable weather.
All about the star-studded event
Due to the forecast of rain on Friday, Versace was compelled to reschedule her show to an earlier date. Despite the potential chaos, it turned out to be the right decision. On Thursday evening, the star-studded runway show took place on a stunning rooftop overlooking the snow-capped San Gabriel mountains, sleek downtown skyscrapers, and the Hollywood Hills. Although it was a cool evening, the weather was beautiful, making it the perfect setting for the show.
Before the show, the attendees ascended to the roof of the Pacific Design Center on Melrose Avenue, featuring its striking blue-glass exterior. As they arrived, they scrambled to get their pictures for the news website that were taken against the breathtaking backdrop. Staffers cautioned them against stepping back too far and falling off the building. The sun was still shining brightly at that point.
The runway and the audience at the Versace show were filled with stars. Supermodels Irina Shayk, Naomi Campbell, Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski were among the models who walked down the catwalk, while the audience included a mix of notable personalities from music, film, fashion, sports, and more.
Cher was the most exciting celebrity guest, alongside other music icons like Dua Lipa, Elton John, Lil Nas X, and Miley Cyrus. The event also drew notable names from the film industry, including two past Oscar winners for best supporting actress, Anne Hathaway, and Ariana DeBose, and a strong contender for this year’s best-supporting actor award, Ke Huy Quan. Former NBA star Dwyane Wade was present with Gabrielle Union. Other notable names in attendance were Channing Tatum, Jeff Bezos, Lily James, Paris Hilton, and Pamela Anderson, who played Anderson in a Hulu series.
The inspiration for the fall/winter collection
For her 2023 fall/winter collection, Donatella Versace drew inspiration from a 1995 collection of Atelier Versace, the fashion house’s couture line, which featured Madonna in its campaign. The color palette for the collection included black, caramel, chocolate, apricot, turquoise, and pink. Versace used animal prints from the brand’s archives and falling flower motifs as prints for the collection.
The show began with a series of black outfits for both men and women. Gigi Hadid made an opening in a black hourglass jacket and knee-length pencil skirt, gradually transitioning to more glittery ensembles. Naomi Campbell appeared later in a stunning black gown with elbow-length gloves. It was by an abrupt emergence of vibrant pink, a cropped wool jacket, and mini skirt, and a minidress in tangerine. Past the halfway mark, the collection showcased opulent, satin-printed dresses—frequently in mini length—with the added allure of elbow-length gloves.
Luxury fashion took center stage at the Versace show, with no streetwear in sight. The long gloves that accompanied the satiny printed dresses and up-to-there minis evoked the Golden Age of Hollywood, giving a nod to the glamorous era of the mid-1920s to the mid-20th century. The bold pairing of old Hollywood glamour with contemporary attitude and power created a clash that exuded energy, according to Versace.
During Oscar week, Los Angeles is a city of stars, and the moments leading up to the show felt like a rehearsal for the red carpet. Different news websites were filled with celebrities reunited or met for the first time, adding to the glamour of the event.