The inaugural Versace Pre-Fall 2019 Show

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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West make a public appearance together at Versace–their first in months

On Sunday evening, Donatella Versace threw her late brother, Gianni Versace- who would have turned 72 over the past weekend- an extravagant party at the American Stock Exchange Building in the form of Versace’s Pre-Fall 2019 fashion show.

While the financial district may not have been the most hip, it was fitting; Versace was acquired by Michael Kors for a staggering $2.12 billion back in September, ultimately forming the new luxury fashion group Capri Holdings Ltd.

The Italian house’s first ever pre-collection runway show-which fell between Alexander Wang’s and Chanel’s on the new December fashion calendar- attracted a crème de la crème list of stars despite the unfavorable weather condition, a fact that’s not too surprising considering just how many celebrities, models and industry bigwigs love and respect the brand.

Among the front row guests sat actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Blake Lively, Tracee Ellis Ross, Paris Jackson, rappers 2 Chainz and Young Thug, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West, songstress Ciara, Diane Kruger, all dressed head-to-toe in outfits (many of which were custom) by the brand. A-list models like Gigi Hadid and newly-married Hailey Bieber walked in the colorful show.

Lupita Nyong’o arrived in a multicolored letter-print look comprised of a coordinating mini skirt, sweater vest and cardigan from the brand’s Resort 2019 range.

Upon entering the venue, the audience was seated around a mirrored black runway, at the center of which stood a gilded torch – a replica of the statue of Liberty’s which according to the designer Instagram, symbolized “enlightment, empowerment and freedom.”

When it came to how this collection related to the world-famous New York state of mind, however, the theme was less obvious and more par for the Versace course – albeit with some strategic switch-ups.

The opening looks, as well as several dispersed  throughout the line-up, had a decidedly “power woman” feel, like a classic trench, buttery leather knee-high boots and tailored all-black suiting, a burgundy vinyl overcoat, complete with Versace signature touches like safety pins and gold buttons.

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