Versace Men

Versace has never been shy about its Classical affinities, so it was a bit of a surprise that the wrestlers which opened the Spring 2013 show were less of the Greco-Roman variety and more in the vein of WWE fighters, mostly naked save for their tiny briefs, shiny robes, and blinged-out championship belts. After that buzzy opening, the collection showed Donatella up to all her old tricks, from the sleek, shimmering metallic suits to the blown-up floral prints and Greek key border that is a recurring motif for the house. Despite all the flesh on display—with sleeveless blazers aplenty, sometimes worn with nothing but a few chains underneath—there were still plenty of reminders of Versace’s strength with masculine tailoring. A number of the jackets leaned toward the utilitarian, covered with pockets and zippers that added a casual twist to the sturdy suiting. If you discount the shine, it was a relatively muted collection, color-wise at least, in a season when the easy way out for Versace would’ve been overly-saturated neons and other blindingly bright hues. But there was still plenty of flash, as you’d expect, and if you see someone coming down the street in a year’s time rocking one of those gold belts, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Text by Jonathan Shia
Photos by Dirk Alexander

  1. Okay, so the theme here is if you run out of inspiration just rip off everything you already did in the 80s.

  2. …plus a bit of givenchy from a few seasons ago, but everyones doing that really

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