The new Versace man is “Subtle”, a word that we generally don’t relate to the brand. Unlike brand’s previous collections which were high on gladiator drama, loud colours, sometimes over the top Medusa prints and often sexy with its underwear flashing trousers, the latest offering by Donatella for the label’s Fall Winter 2015 revolved around the philosophy of classic restrain.
In a warm and a neutral colour palette of Aubergine, cocoa brown, midnight blue and gray the collection was all about the fabric, cuts, construction and layering. Single and double breasted jackets with gold buttons, some of them even had metal clasps instead of traditional buttons, cashmere knitwear, shearling, mink coat, leather blouson, cable-knit cardigans, parkas, lean ribbed tops and long coats, were layered over comfortable wide legged trousers and fitted knit leggings. In fact the knit leggings were borrowed from the women’s wardrobe.
It was a delight to see Versace’s departure from all the dramatic excess, and try something totally new. The sole focus of the latest offering by Donatella was only about design and classic yet contemporary aesthetics, which in itself is a process of evolution for the brand. I love!