"I'm not a Versace girl, but I'd wear that" is a phrase that's been echoing through the label's Fifth Avenue store-cum-showroom all week.
Donatella Versace's renewed embrace of the house's heritage—the grommets, the bustiers, the scarf hemlines, and the exposed zips that her brother Gianni knew and loved—has given her Resort collection a vitality that seems to be making converts out of nonbelievers. It could've been the easy, breezy cut of vacation dresses in a tropical print inspired by Matisse's Bouquet. Or maybe it was the couture-level workmanship on a cropped-below-the-bust jacket handmade from stamped leather, knit, and raffia. But we tend to think it has something to do with how right Versace's unapologetically sexy vision feels in a season that's been dominated by sport.