The gruesome murder of Gianni Versace predates some of the top runway models that walk the brand’s runway shows. However, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, a FX series that premiered this week, will bring the tragic murder of the famous designer into this millennium. The fictional account is based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U. S. History. Much like The People v O.J. Simpson, this series will detail the events leading up to Gianni’s 1997 murder outside of his Miami mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
The Spring 2018 Versace show in Milan marked the 20th anniversary of Gianni’s death. His younger sister Donatella – who took over the Italian brand her brother founded posthumously – brought back the most iconic designs from the archive and his greatest hit. The baroque, pop art, and starfish prints were sent back down the runway in the form of high-waisted pants, structured jackets, and body-con mini dresses. The sexy edgy wardrobe that defined the opulence of the 90s is just as relevant now as it was then.
Versace has been lovingly adored by performers on and off the stage for decades. Lil’ Kim, Beyonce, and, of course, the first supermodels have all been prolifically photographed wearing the brand’s medusa print. Let’s not forget rapper Biggie Small’s Versace shades that were as synonymous with his signature style as his Coogi sweaters. Entertainers have even made music about the luxury label. Rap trio Migos titled a song simply “Versace” while singer Bruno Mars titled a steamy r&b track “Versace on the Floor”. More recently, Lady Gaga revived some vintage Versace pieces on her Joanne World Tour which is all the evidence we need to revive our favorite Versace classics.