Versace Mens Spring Summer 2017: Donatella Versace Reveals a Surpisingly Minimal Collection in Milan.
Dontalla’s Versace Men’s SS17 collection was refreshing, introducing a new style aesthetic to the brand’s repertoire. The Spring show, presented in Milan was set to an unexpectedly dramatic scene. The space was minimal but powerful in its structure. The lighting was as dramatic as the presentation, setting the light solely on the models. Two large screens reading, “Versace Men” occupied the backdrop during the show, whilst a film by Bruce Weber set to a series of Prince songs played on the screens before the show.
We’ve come toÂ expect an impeccable sense of aesthetic from the fashion house and designer Donatella Versace always delivers. This Season, the famed designer offered an even stronger statement. Not stronger because of theatrics, but because of its freshness.Â The Versace Mens SS17 collection was inspired by the way men live today. Â Models walked with a newfound attitude, instead of their usual broody, subtle walk, and the atmosphere possessed an exciting progressive momentum.
The collection was powerful in its expected, Versace nature, with underlying tones of extravagance and royalty. Leggings and cycling shorts repeatedly dressed the models debuting the brand’s new Â activewear line. The collection also offered an acute focus on men’sÂ accessories. We saw a collection of bags, fanny packs, and the brand’s footwear choice of the SS17 season, the sandal. The brand’s interpretation was a multi-strap design styled with dark socks in black or blue. There was a certain Athleisure vibe to the look. Designers such as Raf Simons have also donned the combination in their SS 17 collections.
A sense of quiet confidence exuded from the collection’s subtle yet sophisticated color palette.Â Monochrome looks in muted neutrals and royal jewel tones appeared as modern abstract canvases. One model walked the runway in a hunter green parachute jacket paired to slim trousers of the same color. The utilitarian message carried itself throughout the collection in the various forms of hooded camouflage nylon jackets, a hooded trench dress with a drawstring waist, wrap-tie waists, and functional accessories.
Deep V necklines created sensual, sleek suiting. We saw leatherÂ suiting Â and polished two pieceÂ ensembles featuring dress shorts in lieu of trousers. OurÂ eyes were directed in many fascinating directions. Crinkled fabrics was used to construct coatsÂ and other collection pieces. Geometric, striped prints with dash stripes darted across the runway adding a linear feel to the pieces. Accenting the collection’s palette of earth tones, hues of purple and cranberry were prominent. Perforated leather functioned as a jacket in one look, while a camel colored, suede long coat was featured in another look. Sunglasses seemed secretive and gold pendant necklaces spoke of royalty.
The Versace Men’s SS17 collection is designed for theÂ transitional man. In continuing to reshape men’s fashion week, the models closed the show in one straight line, rather than the traditional and regularly practiced, final walk. Meeting the Versace men in the center was Donatella Versace in a purple suit, paying tribute to Prince, and bowing as to close the collection.
See the images below for a few of our favorite looks from the Versace Mens Spring Summer 2017 Collection, Milan Fashion Week.