Twenty years after she first wore the now iconic jungle print Versace dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards, Jennifer Lopez spectacularly closed the Versace Spring/Summer 2020 show with a re-make of the original spring/summer 2000 dress designed by Donatella Versace to celebrate the anniversary of the iconic jungle print.
The fifty year old superstar strutted down the runway in a tropical green and fire orange-pink jungle print dress. The print which was identical to the original print from 2000, with just small adjustments to the original worn by Jlo with the removal of sleeves and some other minor updates.
For the rest of the collection we saw the jungle print of palm trees juxtaposed with different treatments and fabrications. The motif is depicted on metal mesh, embellished with crystals or complemented with tie-dye. Shirts adorned with Jungle details are layered under corset bodices with graphic heart-shaped, heritage necklines. The pattern is also introduced on Squalo sneakers and beaded as a three-dimensional décor on Virtus handbags.
We also saw an update to the iconic Versace black dress. Volume, layering and intricate décolletage cuts redefined this classic piece while a series of looks in black were given sharp, geometric lines and form-fitting silhouettes were paired with gold-tone hardware and lace-up sandals, embellished with leather leaf accents. Strong shoulders characterize tailored blazers, coats and crystal-enriched shirts.
With another flash back to the late nineties and early 2000s the tie dye print was prominent throughout the collection. The innovative technique used by Versace Is applied to materials not usually able to take to the tie dye print including leather. Pieces are finished with the Versace Medusa logo.
The decision to bring back the jungle print was part of Versace’s collaboration with Google. The fashion an technology giants are celebrating the was technology and fashion are so closely linked Inside the show space guests saw digital prints projected onto the walls and ceiling. These images were created with Google Tilt Brush technology.
After the show Donatella Versace, Chief Creative Officer of Versace spoke on the decision to have Jennifer Lopez walk the runway and the partnership with Google; “it was amazing! The world had the same reaction: jaw dropping. Today we live in a technological world, but back then, one event prompted the creation of a new tool that now has become part of our lives.”