Don’a-tell-a Donatella: How I Defied the Versace Brand by Wearing their Clothes while also Being a Regular Person

Versace was always a little too much for me—too bright, too tight, too sex-bomb. But when a girl I know pulled this dress out of her filing cabinet (a fashion magic trick) and offered it to me, how could I refuse?

Let me introduce you to the newest Awesome Thing in my Closet: quintessential ’90s Versace in the form of a printed zip-front minidress. It’s made of weirdly thick fabric, and is quite warm, which I did not expect. It also rides up—but just enough to scandalize, never to humiliate. (From what I have seen of this brand, this may be part of the design.) The yellow-gold bauble that hangs off the zipper could, if I turned my head fast enough, give me a concussion.

It also looks awesome with combat boots and makes an excellent outfit for my part-time video store job.

Which is just as Gianni intended, I’m sure.

text by g.
photography by Jessica Da Silva

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