No compromises were made - the collection undoubtedly stayed true to the brand, and I for one can't help but applaud that. While H&M's purpose was to bring the collection to a wider audience, (at prices much lower than Versace's usual ones) I think it never was about editing and turning down the volume, nor do I think it should have been. The collection, as I've mentioned in some of my older post, is a mixture of the label's presence at different moments in time, and materialized into iconic pieces.
Writing the review just now, after reading many others, I couldn't help but be surprised by how the collection was judged, even by some of the more popular bloggers and editors. What I noticed was how quick they were to dismiss it, and I do believe that not toning down the designs was a big part behind this. And while I do think that when criticizing a collection is all about it going through your own taste filter, it is however important to step outside the box and take a look at the label's vision and aesthetic.
In short, it is available for everyone, but it's definitely not for everyone.
While the more expensive pieces were a bit harder to sell, the accessories went off the shelves like hot cakes, as most people desired at least a souvenir of some sort from the collection.
The one thing I felt a bit disappointed about was the fact that a few days before the launch, Versace held a special runway show in NYC, where a few exclusive designs hit the catwalk. Ironically, I believe those were some of the more commercial (here I go using that word again...) pieces, and I for one would've preferred to see an orange version of the pink suit in stores.
I leave you with some more photos I took of the collection: