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First came New York, and then London. Now with Milan Fashion Week underway, it is safe to say that after the Versace runway show, everyone can go home. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the brutal murder of Gianni Versace, a tale that has been told and retold, most notably in the upcoming season of Ryan Murphy‘s American Crime anthology.

However, no matter the tributes paid by those who admire Gianni, it is his sister Donatella Versace who outdoes them all, and she reminds us just how timeless the House of Versace is.

For the first time since assuming the creative direction of the company, Donatella pulled directly from the archives. Taking the key prints and pieces from 1990-95, she chose to showcase some of Gianni Versace‘s most iconic styles. Choosing to host the show at Milan’s Triennale Museum, a place that inspired Gianni Versace, was the cherry on top of the spectacular show. She re-imagined the squared shoulder jackets, logo tees, high-waisted jeans, and much more, bringing new life to her brother’s original creations.

The eight-minute and twenty-two-second show opened with four. Four gorgeous models, and four of the most stunning prints. It ended with Five — Five of the most famous supermodels of the 90’s whose careers were catapulted by Gianni Versace, and his designs: Naomi Cambell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen. Donatella Versace led the ladies down the runway with their heads held high and their bodies wrapped in gold lamé dresses.

Try as some might, this show will be hard to judge and hard to review. It was a tribute to a fashion icon, a man whose humor, hubris and forwardness propelled his brand all while he paid homage to the history of it all. What a fitting way to pay tribute to a fashion icon, Gianni Versace.

See photos in our gallery below!

| Baptice D.

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