The Versace brand was created by Gianni Versace and debuted in Milan, Italy in 1978. Even after his untimely death in 1997, his family and team of creative designers have kept his elegant style in the forefront of fashion. You would be hard pressed to be at a special event, like the Emmy’s or the Golden Globes, without hearing “Versace” mentioned. Just recently, Angelena Jolie arrived on the Red Carpet in a stunningly simple, off one shoulder ivory gown with a lipstick red sash at the neckline, a softly draped waist and sexy front slit. Simply elegant!
In looking at the Versace menswear line for 2012, I noticed several themes on the runway in Milan: Bold colors, fur elements, and embellishments. Versace has taken everyday fabrics and casual looks, transforming them into the unique style that you would expect: a grey leather jacket with geometric embossing is kicked up by stud detailing and the unexpected lime green fur collar; your favorite style denim jacket is jazzed up with the texture and shimmer of golden chains in patterns on the body and trim; long Sherpa-looking coats that are sculpted and done in flashy colors like red; the mixing if black and brown in two-tone leather jackets with animal print; and a denim jacket with deep colored sheared fur on the cuffs, sleeves and collar.
Versace also seems to be paring these styles with camouflage pants in many different colors. The trend of mixing the casualness of jeans and tuxedo-style luxury jackets is covered in this line too. As part of almost each and every look was the detail of a chain wallet peaking out from under the jackets. If I had to choose one word to describe the Versace 2012 Menswear line it would be “unexpected”.