Donatella Versace has turned heads with the Versace Spring/Summer 2019 Menswear collection.
This season Versace challenged concepts of masculinity and sexuality, drawing inspiration from various male stereotypes such as the surfer, the businessman, and the street style dude.
In typical Versace style, the collection screamed confidence with baroque prints, bold colours, bright neons, and florals. And of course, we could not forget the tabloid prints that were plastered on the garments, exuding celebrity culture.
The collection gave off early noughties vibes with baggy combats, bucket hats, tinted sunglasses and holograph prints.
However, there were also traditional formal suits, but these were combined with neon colours and signature Versace silk pieces, for a unique edge.
Traditionally ‘feminine’ adornments like ruffles and crystal embroidery were shown off with confidence, and the man of the shirts within the collection was sheer and floating, something that you could compare to a pair of delicate wings.
This season, Versace wanted to show a man that is comfortable and relaxed, even whilst wearing a combination of lace, sheer and floral.
Looking at the casual wear, printed python (don’t, worry guys it was fake!) and monochrome were used in skater style silhouettes, as well as oversized denim for workwear which was paired with women’s handbags and accessories.
Most of the fabrics and pieces were mirrored in both the women’s and men collection.
Donatella Versace recently said in her press release:
“These are men who do not care about the rules and that is exactly what I love.”
She also spoke about how she thinks:
“Beauty on its own is boring”.
The collection is a big reassurance and confidence boost for men, particularly because Donatella has spoken about how she is done with perfection and hot bodies and is more interested in real and expressive people.
There is definitely something comforting about Donatella Versace’s vision this season – a remedy to toxic masculinity. Encouraging men to be comfortable with their own kind of masculinity, whatever that may be, as opposed to what society wants them to be.
What do you guys think of the new collection?
Text: Chloe Humphries
Images: GQ, Vogue, WWD, VMAn,