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Plaid, varsity jackets, and little black dresses—Donatella Versace’s fall 2018 runway is chock full of references from Clueless, and we’re pretty confident Cher Horowitz would be wearing it from head-to-toe in the next six months. The designer even ushered out a plaid blazer and skirt suit in a bold yellow and purple that looks like a reimagining of Horowitz’s signature look. And more than that, it was also a tribute to the best of Versace in the ’80s and ’90s. This and every memorable moment from the runway, broken down here. Keep reading for a digestible recap of the show and to see the trends that caught our attention.
Clueless Plaid Is Back
Sure, menswear-inspired suits in checks and conservative gray shades have been wildly popular over the last year, but Donatella is adding serious color to the look. With outfits like a tartan canary yellow skirt suit gracing the runway, some of the pieces look like they could have plucked straight from Cher Horowitz’s closet. And yes, we can imagine her and Dion rolling up to Beverly Hills High School in any of these looks.
Varsity jackets, sweaters, and scarves were drawn up in bold, bright primary colors. Emblazoned with “Versace,” anyone wearing one of the pieces will make no mistake about which fashion team they’re on. Versace, Versace, ra, ra, ra!
A Look Back at the Archives
Donatella turned to the Versace archives and revisited some classics from the brand. Pop prints, bold colors, slinky body-con dresses, and references to the ’80s and ’90s were all here. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story—now airing on FX—is a look back at the designer in the late ’90s. Whether or not the show plays into the collection’s sense of nostalgia, it’s timely to revisit this era for the fashion house.
Whether it's punk-meets-prep '90s plaid, or barely there mini dresses cinched with oversize belts, these nostalgic Versace moments are a welcome return.