While most of NY was at Sunday brunch, recovering from the expoits of the previous night, the fashion crowd gathered at the New York Stock Exchange to watch Versace's pre-autumn 2019 show. In case you haven't noticed, designers (see Dior, Chanel, and Alexander Wang) are opting for full-on runway shows for the mid-seasons of pre-spring and pre-autumn these days – hence Versace's epic, stateside December 2 show.
Beyond the clothes, though — which were bellissimo — the lineup of models and celebrities and what they wore was something to behold. Oh, and we guess the golden Statue of Liberty was cool, too? For starters, Kim Kardashian-West showed up channeling Naomi Campbell à la Versace's spring 1998 menswear show (yes, despite past shade Campbell has thrown sister Kendall Jenner's way). Kanye worked the red carpet as Kanye does. Celeb-model hybrids Hailey Baldwin (er, Bieber?) and Emily Ratajkowski walked the show. And '90s supermodel Amber Valletta closed the show in a silhouette plucked straight from Versace's archives — spring 2000, to be exact — which made for an epic and viral moment. (Sadly, unlike last season, her pal Shalom Harlow sat this one out.)
As the Italian label enters its pre-fall 2019 phase, it does so on the heels of an unlikely investment from Michael Kors. In September, news broke that the New York-based brand would acquire the company for £1.66 billion in a deal expected to be finalised by the end of this year. Creative director Donatella Versace took to Instagram to let Versace loyalists know that its aesthetic wouldn't change; as far as its latest showing revealed, she was right. For the past few seasons, the brand has ridden an internet-friendly nostalgia wave, double-dipping into their archives and reproducing some vintage looks in full and putting modern spins on others.
Most notably from last night's offering, however, was the recreation of a silhouette from Versace's iconic 1994 ad featuring Christy Turlington, Nadja Auermann, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, and Claudia Schiffer. It's short and shiny, comes in a slew of bright colours, and will no-doubt be influencer gold. If only we could get a full revamp of the campaign, too. Until that holiday wish comes true, click through the slideshow ahead to see some of our favourite looks from Versace's pre-fall 2019 show. As Donatella would say, ciao!