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Punk, rock ‘n’ roll, and football clashed at Versace AW18

As part of a collection entitled ‘The Clans’

Versace Versace Versace. We’ve basically been repeating that since the SS18 campaign featuring a troupe of chanting supermodels (and, in the case of Cindy Crawford, her offspring) was released last year, so we were more than ready for another instalment of Donatella’s vision tonight in Milano. As part of a collection entitled ‘The Clans’, the Italian designer clashed rock ‘n’ roll, punk, tartan and football influences. Here’s everything you need to know.

IT WAS HELD IN THE PALAZZO REAL NEAR THE DUOMO

Complete with half-crumbled Roman statues of goddesses and gladiators which looked they’d been pulled up from the seabed somewhere close to the lost city of Atlantis. The building was previously the seat of power for Italy’s ruling families: and if the Versace’s aren’t one of Italy’s ruling families by now, then we don’t know who are.

A SCORE OF RECENT CAMPAIGN FACES WALKED

Natalia Vodianova  – aka Supernova – made a rare appearance on the runway this season, as she opened the show in a shiny burgundy jacket, studded shirt and platform mules. Raquel Zimmerman was back, too, having not been seen on the catwalk since Prada SS17. Also on the line-up was a host of the new generation of Versace girls who appeared in the SS18 campaign: Kaia Gerber, Gigi Hadid, Cara Taylor and Vittoria Ceretti among them.

IT WAS THE SEASON PUNK MET ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

“Rock ‘n’ roll is a contact sport”, declared a caption on the Versace Instagram pre-show (which maybe explained why the headless statues looked like they’d seen better days). The collection kicked off with clothes which took their cues from the wardrobes of punks and teddy boys, as models were sent down the runway in a multitude of plaids and sharp tailored coats and jackets decorated with pins and badges. Versace-isms like buttoned-up, gilt accessorised denim and leather were spliced with colourful checks, while Edie Campbell wore a look which perfectly encapsulated the clash of rebellious youth and establishment – a tartan mini kilt, a button-up cardigan, and a pearl necklace.

DONATELLA IS STILL IN THE GRIPS OF FOOTBALL FEVER

If you’re anything like us, you wouldn’t have known there was a World Cup coming if Gosha Rubchinskiy hadn’t drawn your attention to it with a series of football-inspired shows in Russian cities over the course of the last few seasons. Italy’s love of the game is well documented, with Donatella catching soccer fever back in January right before her AW18 menswear show. Pictured wearing a Versace football jersey in the days running up to the show, the menswear collection featured classic acrylic scarves, beanie hats and shirts all bearing the house’s name and badge. The theme continued into her womenswear offering: we’re Versace ‘til we die (etc.)

THERE WERE VERSACE COINS EVERYWHERE

We’re talking on earrings, on necklaces, on belts, as buttons, all of them bearing the face of Donatella. Royalty – and what being royal might mean other than being born into a reigning family – was another theme this season, so who else but the heiress to the Versace throne and queen of its kingdom to decorate the bling?