Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Photo: Versace Dress
Remember how nervous the girls of Cycle 15 were to go on their go-see at the Versace fashion house? We would have been terrified, too. Gianni Versace’s black and gold safety-pin dress for Liz Hurley in 1994 is by now a fashion legend and one of the most iconic looks in the Italian house’s history. We know Versace under Gianni’s guidance as a label defined by bold color, metallic embellishments and tight, sexy silhouettes. Since his death, the house has evolved under his sister Donatella’s guidance into an international mega-brand, but the key elements have remained the same. While it might be a mere fantasy for most of us to ever wear Versace — let alone ever visit the headquarters on a go-see — that doesn’t mean we can’t borrow the label’s signature look. The essential pieces to go for are body-conscious cocktail dresses and full-length gowns in saturated jewel tones. If you can find pieces with tailored details like bodice ruching and metallic embellishments, all the better.    

A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz black jersey beaded necklace tank gown, $233.99; Color Block Bandage Dress, $39.50; Bcbgeneration Color-Blocked Flutter-Sleeve Dress, $88; Marc by Marc Jacobs bright blue ruched silk sweetheart strapless dress, $299; BCBGMAXAZRIA blue sapphire ruched jersey v-neck dress, $128