Versace Men’s Spring 2013
The past year has been a roller-coaster for Donatella Versace. Two massive mass market collections for H&M for both men and women, show stopping runway collections, Versace has certainly made itself back in to the household name it was in the 90s. And so, when the Versace men’s spring collection hit our faces with a resounding bang, we weren’t surprised to be met with all of the typical Versace elements.
Leathers and studs permeated the opening of the collection, where wrestling title belts and shin-high gladiator sandals (which are currently being coveted by me) a la Donatella were the key accessory, harking to this year’s biggest blockbuster The Hunger Games, and evoking the ever-so-strong Roman gladiators of yesteryear – after all, the hunk of hunks Alexander Ludwig was front and center. Of course, not one to shy away from being camp, Donatella’s collection for the boys was still masculine, with rippling muscles showing in cut-out blazer tanks, fitted suits showing off the built physique of it’s wearer. The colors that dominated the collection were typical Donatella – pink, light blues, silvers, black, and a vast array of prints in various colors (including florals) – but still screamed men.
However, a formal collection this was not. Suits and fitted pieces were paired with high tops, jewelry and even a few bondage-esque harnesses, whilst silk robes were commonplace throughout the collection. Donatella’s message, however, was clear – the warrior man she created was no loser. He is champion. He is undefeated. And that’s why we love it.