Kendall Jenner in Versace at the 2016 Met Gala.
When the belle of the ball is adorned in a youthful, daring yet feminine dress, and that belle happens to be on a red carpet, chances are that it’s a Versace look. So when the 2016 MET Gala arrived it was no shock that Kendall Jenner wore a Donatella design to arguably the most fashionable red carpet of the year.
The pairing is natural considering the role Gianni Versace played in branding the celebrity super model. Jenner is the modern day equivalent of the ‘90s supers although others like Rebecca Romijn might disagree. Cindy Crawford posed alongside the social media star on the red carpet that night and it all seemed a little serendipitous.
Donatella Versace creates the kind of jaw-dropping scene-stealers forever known as that dress. In 1994, English beauty Elizabeth Hurley wore a black fitted Versace dress showing the perfect balance of skin and style with its plunging neckline and safety pinned peek-a-boo detailing along the sides. Many people credit that sartorial moment as what launched Hurley on the global stage. Then there’s Jennifer Lopez’s 2000 Grammy look. More recently Angelina Jolie’s 2012 Oscars dress with the high slit, you know, the one that got her leg its own parody twitter account that amassed over 38,000 followers. Donatella also designed Taylor Swift’s tastefully skin-baring ensemble for the 2016 Grammys.
Donatella perfectly described her vibrant youthful aesthetic in an interview with Billboard this February, “I love playing with color on the red carpet. For me, color is so important to capture a woman’s character and her power. How boring would the world be if we all dressed in dull colors? I'm Italian, I love passion and energy.”
Kendall Jenner and Cindy Crawford (in Balmain) at the 2016 Met Gala.
(L) Cindy Crawford in Versace at the 1991 Oscars. (R) Crawford in Versace, 1992.
Elizabeth Hurley in Versace, 1994. (with Hugh Grant)
Jennifer Lopez in Versace at the 2000 Grammys.
Angelina Jolie in Versace at the 2012 Oscars.
Taylor Swift in Versace at the 2016 Grammys.
Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell & Christy Turlington for Versace A/W 1991.