Donatella Versace’s love of L.A. was on full display in her new Resort lineup, which read like a glam version of a Lonely Planetguide to the City of Angels. Versace visits often, and she always comes back inspired—she has a penchant for the city’s relaxed, sunny vibe. After a recent stay, she sent the whole design team on a research trip; they combed the city in every possible direction, from the cheapest vintage markets to architect John Lautner’s modernist homes. Looking at the collection, it seems like they had a hell of a good time.

Donatella’s aesthetic is two-thirds sexy glamour, one-third youthful, rebellious streak, flavored with rock ’n’ roll vibes, street-culture energy, and a whiff of of-the-moment references. With fashion talk revolving around diversity, free style, and individuality, she offered her personal take on the topic, and L.A., with its many cultural communities, served as a fitting starting place to emphasize her point. Pinstriped power suits looked fit for the downtown Financial District, their tailored construction softened and sexed-up by abundant lace trimmings, bra-tops, and revealing slits on pencil midi skirts. Rock culture was referenced in a series of black studded biker jackets worn with pleated miniskirts, leather patchwork minidresses, or sculpted tuxedo jackets stitched and outlined with thin silver chains.

Gianni Versace’s groundbreaking catalogues of the ’90s were often shot in Beverly Hills; and even if Donatella is not keen on delving into the archives, she paid homage to the joyful, sexy energy springing from those unforgettable pictures. Vibrant colors graced reworked baroque prints on short shirtdresses and ankle-length sundresses with lacy lingerie details. Embroidered palm trees (a nod to the famous wallpaper of the Beverly Hills Hotel), peacock feathers, and jungle flowers decorated distressed denim boyfriend pants, trucker jackets, and cotton bikers with power shoulders. Yet in L.A., all the roads lead to Hollywood. The cherries on top here were a few stunning column dresses, embellished and revealing in all the right places, exuding the trademark Versace glamour in spades.

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