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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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VENI, VIDI, VERSACE! THE MAINSTAY OF MODERN ITALIAN FASHION TOASTS AN AMERICAN FUTURE WITH A NEW CHICAGO BOUTIQUE. BY BRYN KENNY When Chicago's first Versace boutique opened on Oak Street in 1986, it was the Milanese luxury brand's largest location in the world. Thirty years later, Versace makes a Midwest comeback with a dazzling, just-opened 5,000-square-foot space at Rush and Walton. "I'm obsessed with the future," says contemporary fashion queen Donatella Versace, who oversees the entirety of the brand's incarna- tions in her role as artistic director, from ready-to-wear to advertising campaigns to Versace-branded hotels. "I'm not interested in what has been, but what is about to happen. To me, the past is boring." Versace's Spring/Summer 2016 women's ready-to-wear collection is—characteristically— anything but. Military-style jackets are cinched at the waist and worn as micro-minis, bold prints of leopard and zebra are pieced together like patchwork, and elements of delicate raw edges and lace add a soft finish to more-structured pieces. And while Versace is known for its barely-there styles, there are plenty of options for transitional Chicago weather, including chic suiting in an array of patterns and colors and îî PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAHI REZVANI (DONATELLA VERSACE); COURTESY OF VERSACE (RUNWAY); GETTY IMAGES (BOTTOM RIGHT RUNWAY) "I'M OBSESSED WITH THE FUTURE. I'M NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT HAS BEEN, BUT WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN." —DONATELLA VERSACE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: These looks from Versace's runway show in Milan showcase the Spring/Summer 2016 collection's military inspirations and bold, animal- print patterns; La Donna herself: Donatella Versace backstage. STYLE OF THE CIT Y MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 87

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