Simone Ashley Is Bringing Back the Bodacious, Body-Con Spirit of the Early Aughts

Simone Ashley is going back in time. 

At the dawn of the new millennium, no celebrity party was complete without a dozen brightly colored, body-con minidresses on the dance floor. The craze for these second-skin looks reached a peak around 2007, the year in which then queen of the WAGs Victoria Beckham wore a purple and silver Hervé Léger bandage dress to a Marc Jacobs show, and a little-known Cali girl called Kim Kardashian—herself exceptionally fond of a body-con mini—appeared in the first season of her family’s new reality TV show.

Simone Ashley at the pre-Fall 2023 Versace show in Cannes. 

Stefano Guindani

The seeds for this bodacious trend were sown five years earlier in Milan, when Donatella Versace sent models including Amber Valletta down the spring/summer 2003 runway in graphic, clinging minidresses in punchy neon shades of pink, green, yellow, and turquoise. Some twenty years on, Bridgerton turned out for the house’s pre-Fall 2023 extravaganza in Cannes (a collaboration between Donatella and Dua Lipa) wearing a daring Versace minidress that evoked the spirit of that influential collection.

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