I had to take a break from my 10 Best series to give you detailed wishes into some of the big red carpet events including the People’s Choice Awards and the American Music Awards. It let me ruminate and make sure that the last 3 collections I featured in this series were really worthy. I was able to watch the Versace Spring 2021 RTW show live from my phone while taking a break from work and I remember sitting on a high. It made me want to go under the sea and party with Donatella and her major crop of starfish embellished supermodels. In her tenure as the head of Versace since her brother’s death Donatella spent almost 2 decades continuing to define the Versace woman (and man) and in more recent collections seems to be enjoying playing in her brothers archives to inspire her collections. The Versace Spring 2021 RTW collection was inspired heavily by the starfish, coral, and seashell motifs that Gianni used for his Spring 1992 ‘Tresor de la Mer” collection. In one way or another each look that came down this runway had some sort of aquatic inspiration almost all done in bold neons. Versace has never been a brand for the faint of heart. This collection is no different. In fact I feel like even the woman whose been parading around in the black and gold baroque prints for the last couple of seasons will have to evaluate if they are ready to rock these looks. I appreciate that in a season where designers scaled back. Where they didn’t show as much evening and cocktail wear. Where they played it safe. That Donatella said fuck that and had A LOT of fun with this collection. Now of course I feel like this collection will be highly coveted for stars to bring to life on the red carpet. If you’ve been following you will see that I’ve already used looks from this collection for wishes for Maluma, Doja Cat, and Dan Levy in wish lists. Those are 3 of my favorite looks that came down the runway, but since there were so many looks that deserve red carpet moments out of this collection I decided that I wasn’t going to include those looks in this list you can read about them in each of their respective posts. Below you are going to find six major moments for the sidewalk runway, the red carpet, and the talk show circuit and who I would love to see bring this collection to life. Don’t worry though there are so many major moments in this collection that I am sure that we will be seeing it a lot in future wishes too. It’s been a really long time since Rihanna has walked a red carpet, but she has made a lot of smaller appearances to promote her Fenty Beauty line as well as major street style moments. So when I was imagining her wearing this electric blue, hot pink, and bright green colored blocked Versace Spring 2021 RTW fully pleated plisse tank dress which features a slim fit, sleeveless, scoop neck, built-in bra, and a ruffled midi hemline I thought it could be a really cool moment for a more “casual” moment for Rihanna. Even when she is giving her street style I always find that Rihanna is ON. So this dress would be a great option. If she were to give us this dress in NYC this winter I would love to see Rihanna style the look with sleek center parted hair, smokey eyes, bold ‘Vivid Pink’ Fenty Beauty stunna lip paint lips, a hot pink Yves Salomon lambskin fur coat, a shamrock green Hermes ‘Kelly Ghillies 35’ top handle bag, the hot pink ‘Ribbon Rope’ crystal embellished satin ribbon tie sandals from her latest Fenty x Amina Muaddi collab, and blue Fenty ‘Centerfold’ shield sunglasses. It would be a MAJOR statement street style moment for sure.
Versace has been a part of Blake Lively’s red carpet history since the beginning. Blake wears Versace so well so it should come as no surprise that I pictured her wearing this collection on the red carpet at all. Given how she is known for look after look when she gives a promo tour I could definitely imagine this bright banana yellow Versace ruffled trimmed crepe midi dress which features a pink satin lining on the hem, a slim fit, trumpet silhouette, scoop neck, and gold-tone hardware being a great look for her to wear during one of those guerilla style weeks. It would hug all of Blake’s famous curves really giving her a major bombshell moment. I would run with that idea removing the black bra the look was styled with on the runway and adding glamorous old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of rose pink suede Christian Louboutin ‘Rose Amelie’ ankle tie strappy sandals, and multicolored precious stone green, blue, and pink statement Lorraine Schwartz pendant drop earrings. Hailee Steinfeld is another who knows how to rock a good Versace moment on the red carpet. Seeing these major printed ruffled high low skirts that came down the runway were among some of my favorite moments. I adored them and feel like it would be a fun flamenco moment. The black off the shoulder cutout bodice of this look which reminds me of a bra and cardigan styled in a 90’s grunge manner balances the drama of the skirt. I feel like Hailee could rock this look for a music awards show with a sleek high ponytail, defined light smokey eyes, bright pink lips, black crystal embellished Casadei ‘Blade Venus Planet’ ankle cuff sandals, and a pair of dazzling Hueb ‘Luminus’ white diamond cluster earrings.
Doja Cat popped into my mind multiple times as I watched this collection come down the runway. She has been rocking some chic Versace moments recently and I really want to see her bring this collection to life I feel like should the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy’s brunch happen ahead of the Grammy’s next year I feel like this pleated plisse sea printed mini dress which features bold rounded shoulders, a square neckline with contrast green ruffles, and a ruffled hem would be a perfect look for her to bring to life on the red carpet. A sleek center parted long pink hairstyle, thick defined eyes, hot pink lips, a light pink L’Afshar ‘Eva’ crushed ice acrylic top handle minaudiere, a pair of gold metallic snakeskin Versace ‘Medusa’ platform ankle strap sandals, and simple 18k gold set Fernando Jorge ‘Electric Spark’ emerald stud earrings would definitely make it a super cute moment for Doja. Kerry Washington in bold color is one of my favorite things. She tends to stick to more of a subdued palate, but I would love to see her on the stage of Jimmy Fallon wearing this ensemble which features a bright green asymmetric linen-blend blazer, bright orange mini skort, and a stripped knit top. It is such a fun and flirty moment and and I just know that Kerry would be phenomenal in this moment. A ponytail of braids, defined eyes, bright pink lips, and a pair of yellow satin Jimmy Choo ‘Love 100’ pointed toe crystal embellished pumps to really make this a bold colorful moment for Kerry.
My final wish for this list is for Ariana Grande. I have been loving that she is giving a more grown up approach to dressing, but still on brand for the super frothy and sugary sweet looks we have come to know from Ariana’s sense of style. This babydoll dress which features a crystal embellished empire waisted bralet, a cornflower and yellow mini skirt with a flounced hem is exactly that perfect meshing of sex appeal and sugary glam for Ariana. I would definitely love to see Ari wearing this look with her signature high pony, thick winged eyes, punchy pink lips, a pair of silver Gianvito Rossi ‘Dynasty’ fringe detailed strappy leather sandals, and simple yet dazzling white diamond Messika ‘Love Drop’ earrings.