Gucci and Versace: Over the Top and Vulgar

Thank God most New York designers resisted the urge to go the obvious sex route for spring/summer.The collections shown for Gucci and Versace, to name a few, seem more than a step backwards for women, with their over the top, cliched, and overt sexuality. If nothing else, most of New York presented classic, wearer friendly designs that are appealing, fresh, and appropriate for the times. And as far as the House of Versace’s current ‘muse’ Britney Spears (who sat front row center at House of Field, and several other campy collections in New York) she seems, at 20, like a caricature of herself (just like Donatella). Actually, Donatella looks more like a female impersonator, and many of her designs seem more appropriate for female impersonators as well.

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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