Versace isn’t for the shy. Right, “Tell me something I don’t know,” you’re thinking. Well, Versace’s Mens Spring Summer 2011 Collection is no exception. Versace, a permanent member of pretty much everyone’s list of top ten fashion designers, brings back some of the stuff that made the 80s awesome, without subjecting us to the things that made them overdone and self-absorbed.
Versace’s S/S 2011 menswear collection is for a new generation of men who know they look great and shun minimalism. The suits feature fitted jackets with slim trousers, and the leather jackets bring back some of the more casual 80s rockabilly looks, with studding, as well as studded belts.
Remember the early days of MTV? No? Fine. Well, when videos were in constant rotation, you saw a lot of sharply tailored suits on the screen, featuring touches of wild colors and patterns, along with pants hemmed shorter, and awesome pointed-toed shoes – often in two tones. That vibe carries over nicely into the S/S 2011 line, with some modern changes.
For one thing, there were far fewer skinny ties on the runway than around the necks of the average young turk or frat boy of the 80s. Replaced with dark, fitted crew neck tees, the look is both modern and retro, without being a parody. For another, Versace’s fashion style featured fabrics such as lightweight wool and cotton – neatly avoiding the trendy, but maddeningly uncomfortable synthetics of the 80s.
However, the prominent colors, kaleidoscopic prints, and the generous use of black with white brought the runway alive with fashion trends that may have some real traction. As fun as these looks are, it would be a shame for young men to sit this revived fashion trend out altogether. After all, the colors, shapes, and attitudes are perfect for young guys who are ready to grab the world by the tail – much the same way the house of Versace has done for the past few decades.