What’s old is new again—but Donatella Versace proved with her Spring 2020 collection that she has no plans of veering away from fashion’s forefront, while still staking claim on the brand’s accomplishments of the past. The show began by hearkening back to basics: killer coats, sexy suiting, and sultry (as expected) takes on officewear and outerwear, all strutting through a scene where prints where projected on the walls, hinting at what was to come.
Then came the jungle prints, printed via a Google-provided technology on beaded cocktail looks, coats, pants, and more, with fluorescent options of the same ilk breaking them up in between. The jungle print was hard not to recognize. We so rarely think about the world before Instagram, and Versace’s show asked us to take ourselves back, to the late ’90s, when red carpets were paramount to street style and social media. One gown, above all, changed that game (and red carpet coverage) as we know it—Jennifer Lopez’s jungle-printed Versace gown for the 2000 Grammy Awards. The gown was part of the inspiration behind Google Images, given the world’s voracious desire to see it up-close, and Donatella’s play with projections and smart printing acknowledged the brand’s inspiration on modern technology with an ode to the past.
And then came the showstopper: The new, even more revealing (if you can imagine), version of the iconic jungle-print gown made its appearance—on J.Lo—as the show’s finale, finally giving the gown the Instagram moment it deserved.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.