At a preview before her menswear show, Donatella Versace talked about wanting to give the Versace man a new sense of easy for the spring/summer 2015 season. To do this she looked to the island nation of Cuba. The pastel and white wash color palette of its cities, its fascination with vintage automobiles, its graffiti street art, and most importantly the unhurried sensuality of good looking men with no inclination to rush- ever. “My man is much more relaxed then usual for next summer,” confirmed Versace. “Its all about a Cuban soul.”
Strangely Versace styled all this laid back inspiration, the macramé shirts, broderie anglaise palm tree print pants, and crepe de chine suits with an assortment of auxiliary product lines. Models walked the catwalk carrying dinner plates from the brands homeware collection, draped toga like looks appeared crafted as if out of the white and gold sheets from the Versace bedding line, and lets not forget the branded towels, swimwear, and underwear that also all had their time in the spotlight.
But in those fleeting moments during the show when the eye was able to focus on something other then all the taunt and tanned skin on display under mesh tops, showing though coin size perforations on pants or appearing in the opening of laced-up fitted perfecto jackets, Versace’s collection showed promise. Her ultra masculine tailoring is as good as it ever was. Well cut, strong shoulder blazers, blouson jackets, and pleat front pants all worked.
But it was the pink suit which opened the show that really nailed what this collection was all about. Clothing for men who are not only confident enough with their masculinity to buy a pink designer suit, they are so self assured they can wear it sans shirt.