Versace recreated JLo’s iconic dress for its NYC show last night

The dress that launched a trillion Google image searches

When people (and by people, let’s be honest here, I mean straight white guys) scoff at the idea that fashion has any discernable impact on the Real World, I have only four words for them. “JLo’s green Versace dress.” The plunging chiffon gown, worn by the singer and actor to the Grammys in 2000, is literally the reason we have Google Images – according to former Google prez Eric Schmidt, the sheer volume of people searching for pics of JLo after she graced the red carpet in it inspired the addition of an image-based search functionality to the website.

Versace, as you might recall, has been bringing back some of the classics from its archive – from the butterflies of SS95 to the Trésor de la Mer print from SS92. Now, JLo’s dress has been the next to get reinvented.

Last night in NYC, the Versace gang took over the American Stock Exchange for a Pre-AW19 show. Closing the co-ed show – which featured colourful PVC, some XXL bouffants, and a whole lot of animal prints – was the inimitable Amber Valletta, in a new take on the iconic piece. Rather than green tropical plant life, this iteration was black with multicoloured hearts. 

But it wasn’t the only classic to get a new take – there was also a version of that 1994 Elizabeth Hurley number, designed by Gianni Versace. Worn by next-gen Italian supermodel Vittoria Ceretti, the safety-pinned piece was a deconstructed tribute to the original. 

Watch the full show below.