MFW diary: Milan heats up with a strong Versace collection fit for a modern mermaid

Billy Idol‘s “Hot in the City” played on soundtrack as Donatella Versace‘s modern mermaids paraded the catwalk in under-the-sea neoprene gold studded scuba jackets, white hot short suits, and bandeau brassieres with slim pencil skirts in pretty pastel, sea shell and sea-horse prints. Save for the pageant worthy finale gowns, it was short, sexy and ultra feminine—certainly fit for a new-age Ariel.

Earlier in the evening, I stopped in for a quick glass of champagne and Piazza Sempione‘s preview of their 20th anniversary capsule collection designed by Milan’s favorite duo for hire, Thommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi. The collection was full of pale pinks, pleats and floral print pant suits and was a brave and modern approach for the line. Word has it that moving forward, the duo will be at the design helm of the entire collection for next season.

Next, it was on to dinner with our favorite Canadian contingent in town for the weel—designer Wayne Clark, and Holt Renfrew‘s Fashion Director Barbara Atkin. We dished on both collections over dishes of risotto for hours!