MILAN, Italy - Donatella Versace has sheathed her models in the miniest and tightest of skirts, emanating power with towering stilettos and silver accents forming breastplates ideal for today's women warriors.
The spring/summer 2010 Versace collection presented Friday is for the "extremely sexy and iridescent" woman, according to the designer's notes.
The body-clinging collection of skintight pants, dresses and skirts features bold patterns in yellow, lavender and black, as well as vibrant turquoise and fluorescent shades of pink and peach.
Models strode down the runway under tracklighting to rhythmic music evoking the jungle - and not a few of the outfits brought to mind Amazon warriors for their metallic studs and microchains evoking armour and breastplates. Tarzan's Jane would love to be seen swinging from branches in a minidress of laser-cut leather triangles stitched together.
Versace seems to be approaching a new mathematical certainty where the shortness of the skirt is somehow inversely proportionate to the height of the shoes: The micromini skirts may be approaching the 18 centimetres of the stilettos.
Versace also created sheer plastic skirts, covering swim suits or with body suits underneath for street wear, something that would not seem out of line on Barbie, and certainly practical for the beach.
For chillier evening temperatures, there were leather jackets, with intricately woven accents, paired with short skirts.