Versus gives a punk punch

COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Versace's often bad-girl label, Versus, punctuated fashion week's opulence with punk.

Designed by Christopher Kane, the collection previewed during Milan Fashion Week exuded vibrancy in both color -- fuchsia, acid green and peacock blue -- and repeating geometric prints.

In what was an overall street-wise collection, Kane included romantic looks: empire-waisted mini-dresses or off-the-shoulder V-necks in tie-dye fabrics.

But the Versus girl wants to show her tough side, and there were plenty of options for that: Mini-dresses, especially the more feminine ones, were paired with thigh-high boots, either in all black or matching geometric prints.

Sheer black accents gave asymmetrical off-shoulder dresses a rocker feel. And tough burgundy leather biker pants contrast with a shaggy Mongolian sheepskin jacket.

Versus also offered booties, some with open toes, as designers this season avoid a complete winter coverup. In fact, Kane mostly kept his models' legs bare -- a look gaining cold-weather currency, especially for younger lines.