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Monday Muse: Axl Rose Inspires Versace Spring 2014

Axl Rose

Axl Rose

The heyday of rock and roll seems to influence Donatella Versace season after season. It’s not a hard sell, seeing as how models and rock stars are often seen canoodling and Donatella herself often sites musicians as inspirations for her collections. Her latest outing spotlighted one of rock and roll’s most recognizable icons — and a paramour to a model or two — Axl Rose. But Versace’s glamazons were more than just rock star arm candy, they were dressed to kill, ready to snatch that mic right out of any singer’s hand and steal the spotlight for themselves.

As the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, Axl had a distinct look. Old t-shirts, his signature bandana and plenty of leather. That rock star mystique was something he pioneered, taking bits of grunge, a taste of glam rock and infusing it all with his own personal style. As Guns N’ Roses gained a wider audience, racking up Billboard hits and touring worldwide, Rose caught the eye of models such as Erin Everly and later, Stephanie Seymour, who would appear in the music videos for “November Rain” and “Don’t Cry.” And if that wasn’t enough to earn Rose major fashion cred, he signed off on a GNR collab with Converse and inspired Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita to create a whole collection of Axl Rose inspired clothes for his label Number (N)ine.

Today, Rose is as well known for being a recluse as he was for being the face of one of music’s biggest acts, but even in hiding, his signature style inspired Donatella Versace to create a collection that’ll have a whole new generation of groupies clamoring to knock down his door.

Versace Spring 2014

Versace Spring 2014

Donatella’s girls aren’t known for being subtle — it’s all or nothing on the Versace runway.

So when she sent her army of rock ‘n roll sirens out, it was fill tilt and turned up to 10. Models wore rock staples, such as denim jackets, leather pants and beat-up tour tees, but each piece was re-imagined with classic Versace details. The jean jackets were slashed and studded and denim pants were inset with peekaboo lace panels. What appeared to be vintage Guns N’ Roses tees were actually bejeweled Versace reinterpretations, replacing rock iconography with Medusa heads and Greek keys.

Was it over the top? Of course, especially with the addition of belt buckles fit for rodeo riders and body chains that carved out sexy swathes of skin punctuated by Medusa emblems, but like all good performers know, you have to leave it all out on the stage. And with the rock-fueled exuberance that she filled the runway, consider this Donatella’s version of dropping the mic. You’re welcome to try and one-up this show, but we wouldn’t want to challenge a master.

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Monday Muse: Herv© L©ger Goes Grunge For Fall 2016

H©rve L©ger Fall 2016

Every season, the fashion press waits to see exactly how Max and Lubov Azria will tweak the bandage dresses at Herv© L©ger. Since 1998, they’ve been at the helm of the Parisian brand and brought those bandages to the red carpet on celebs that run the gamut from Taylor Swift and Caitlyn Jenner to Rihanna and Laverne Cox. It’s transcended being a dress women wear on a night out, the brand has become a firebrand for femininity. Women have curves €” why not show them off? With that in mind, the Azrias took a sharp 180, going from glam to grunge to create a collection that takes some of the paparazzi shine off of these bombshell dresses and injects them with a major dose of edge.

Herv© L©ger Fall 2016

€œHerv© L©ger is always associated with glamour, sensuality €” being unforgettable,€ Lubov Azria said backstage. €œThis time around, we wanted to turn the knob a little bit. We wanted it to be alternative, a little bit edgier €” a little bit cooler, not in terms of an attitude, but just taking more risk.€

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Azria name-checked Gwen Stefani and Rihanna as inspiration, and there was plenty of rock on the runway, right down to the knee-high Dr.

Marten boots. Grunge and glam rock may be on opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but this collection seemed to merge the two together: a quilted blanket coat came mashed up with a leather jacket and grommetted leggings. Safety pins were strategically placed on a dress to trace the contours of the body on a classic bandage dress and a plaid shirt €” not flannel, but high-tech knit €” were slung around the hips on another.

Herv© L©ger Fall 2016

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Distressed, frayed edges, chains and car-wash hems disrupted the usually sleek and skin-tight L©ger lines, though that’s not to say that the collection was no less glam than usual. Geometric patterns recalling plaids and plenty of metallic shine made just about every piece nighttime ready. Tiers of embellishment and a mix of jacquard and grommets kept things interesting €” almost overwhelmingly so. But it all came together in a collection of pieces that fit perfectly in the vein of ’90s nostalgia. Toss on a faux fur chubby, wiggle into a bandage dress and toughen it up with those lace-up Docs. Channeling Rihanna was never this easy.

For more information, visit www.herveleger.com.