Jungle Love: Versace Stages an Animal-Printed, Star-Studded Pre-Fall '19 Show

Adut Akech walks the runway at the Versace Pre-Fall 2019 Collection at The American Stock Exchange on December 02, 2018 in New York City.
Photo: JP Yim (Getty Images)

If you’re not into animal prints, you might want to sit 2019 out since label after label has been proving that nature’s most organic prints aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The latest to send lions, tigers and bears (okay, zebras) down their runway? Versace, who showed their Pre-Fall 2019 collection at the American Stock Exchange in New York City On Sunday—which would’ve been founder and designer Gianni Versace’s 72nd birthday.

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What was good? The incredible amount of models of color in this season’s presentation—including a high percentage of black models—showing that diversity is still reigning strong on the runway. Less exciting? Versace’s already over-the-top aesthetic seemed to lose a little nuance this season, as at points, the Italian label’s catwalk started to look like an unasked-for Flintstones reboot.

Don’t get us wrong; we love animal prints and will likely love several of these pieces styled for real life rather than the runway. The fact is, certain animals were never intended to mate, so we wouldn’t try some of these layering techniques at home. That said, if Versace’s brand has always been luxury to excess, they once again nailed it.

Perhaps even more interesting than the show itself? The celebs who turned out in force for one of their fashion faves. While Beyoncé was repping for the brand at South Africa’s Global Citizen Festival, Mary J. Blige, Kanye, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lupit Nyong’o, Ciara, and more were all in Versace’s front row for Pre-Fall, including 2 Chainz and longtime love Kesha Ward, who memorably had a Versace-themed wedding back in August.

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Of course, all were wearing Versace, with varying degrees of subtlety. Who wore it best? We’ll let you decide; check out our slideshow below.

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Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.