Down in the archives - Versace

Why this collection is my favourite menswear collection for spring /summer 2011 so far, is out of the questions for anybody who knows me. Being that huge 80s-fan that I am, I would just love to wear almost all of those new Versace looks... (The same goes for the upcoming FW-collection. That one is not eighties at all, but the lean leather pants and tops are to die for!)

It can always be considered a plus when a fashion label existed all throughout the eighties and accordingly is able to still the mania for eighties style that still lasts with inspiration from things created by the own house.

Martyn Bal is the new man on Donatella's side - at least when it comes to the creative input for menswear in the house of Versace. Working off photographs of rockabilly boys, taken by Bruce Weber at the end of the glamorous decade, as well as ideas taken from the archive - from old Jeans Couture and Versus collections - they created the most new wavy collection for next years summer so far.

The silhoutte is taken someplace new by fittet jackets with shortened sleeves and lean trousers that are rolled up at the ankle. Dress shirts received an rather unconventional optic because of sleevelessness, transparent materials, two-tone optics and geometrical bibs.

Furthermore the silver jewellery wearing models with blow-dried hairdos were dressed in slim leather pants, red donkey jackets, acid washed jeans, suits made from sheeny fabrics and a-jour knitted tops.
The main design element were fringes. They were used in all kinds of clothes. And black and white vorticistic prints, which were mostly used for swimwear.

The color palette is dominated by white and black anyway - especially black. The dark noncolor was combined with different shades of grey, red, blue and pink.

Although most people are getting a little sick of the ongoing eighties revival (just a guess) there is no end in sight. There's life in the old dog yet - that expression never seemed so true... thank god!

(pictures from LOEWS agency/Munich)

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