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Versace: Glitz and glam in Cannes

The collection is playful, magnetic, fresh and young

By Iris Edén Santiago

Special to The Star

Metallic pastels, polka dots, butterflies, crystals and polka dots. I mean, what is not to like, right? Now picture all of it being modeled by supermodels at the Chateau de La Croix des Gardes. Versace took Cannes by storm, and presented a sensational collection by the side of the dreamy pool of this French Riviera villa, the only remaining castle to overlook the Bay of Cannes from sunrise to sunset. The breathtaking views, the fashions, the guests, the star power.

The collection is playful, magnetic, fresh and young. It’s full of chic looks with silhouettes exposing long legs and perfect midriffs. Hints of Barbiecore, the musical “Hairspray” and styles that reminded me of Sophia Loren’s charm and glamour are front and center.

According to the luxe label, “La Vacanza” -- co-designed by Donatella Versace and international pop star Dua Lipa -- is a collection about vacations. It is intended for strong, passionate women who value exclusivity and the spotlight. The designers updated Versace’s signature elements like butterflies and ladybugs seen in shows in the mid-1990s. Bejeweled buckles and studded straps used in various designs as belts, in necklines, bralettes or as ornaments are simply fabulous. Butterflies are seen in colorful glitzy patterns, and contrasting in fabrics with black and white polka dots. Loving the monochrome looks! There is just unparalleled elegance in monochromatic ensembles. Also winning? Blazer dresses, lingerie-inspired midis, suits, and cropped jackets. The oversized sunglasses, hair accessories, chunky bracelets and candy rings are the perfect complement to “La Vacanza.” Oh ladies, and don’t ignore the metallic boots in ice blue, lavender, pink and black.

“I love the summer and for me this collection celebrates the very best of that time of year,” Donatella Versace said about “La Vacanza.” “This is the perfect summer collection -- from lying by the pool in a fun printed bikini, to dressing up to dance on hot summer evenings in the perfect evening dress -- these clothes immediately make me think of my holidays and being in the sun. Dua loves fashion, I love music -- we are the perfect duo! We felt like we were on vacation and that is exactly the spirit we want people to feel when they wear our clothes.”

The collection is available in-store and online at

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