Versace Spring 2012 Menswear Collection

Posted on June 23, 2011

Well isn’t this fun. For this collection, Versace took a look back at the good old days of Miami Vice and the house’s ever-present Greek key motif and baroque prints. But it’s not literal enough to be a strict redux attempt; this is more like Miami Vice by way of Jersey Shore, spliced with an old International Male catalog. Versace always did make its name by embracing the tacky and insisting it’s chic. There is no shy Versace customer and the house is extremely proud of and insistent upon that point. Take it in the spirit in which it’s offered. Gianni probably would have approved. We can’t see ourselves in many of these getups but a lot of them are pretty fun and we’d salute any guy with the nerve and the style (not to mention the body) to pull off one of these looks.

 

 

 

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5AEYCZ4KHBGWIKJ2FCRD2D4WY Esme Cuckoo

    Taste the rainbow… a very different take than the D&G black/white collection.  I particularly would like to taste that apple green speedo guy.

  • Sara Morris

    For the love of chic, please don’t let this be the return of the stupid scrunched suit sleeves!  Eugh.  Also, the sagging crotch on most of those trousers makes me think of Miami retirees. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Finley/1303716227 Scott Finley

    Donatella is sitting on the world’s biggest supply of fug.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Oh. My.  Are those socks with sandals?  

  • Anonymous

    I think a lot of these would work for some movie set in the future. Those suits with the all the straps on the pant legs scream sci-fi. Although I do think those are kind of cool in a costume context

    • Anonymous

      Yes, sci-fi movie fare for sure.

  • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

    I think I’d probably laugh myself into an early grave if I ever saw someone trying to wear that first outfit on the second row (or it’s yellow counterpart a few rows down). 

  • Anonymous

    Its so done before. 

  • Rachel Ward

    Are those culottes?

    And the sandals need to go, but I hate feet. A lot.

  • Michelle Prahl

    There are a lot of pieces I really like. The way they are put together on the runway?? Now that’s a crapload of fug. I think the blazers with the buckles are amazing, and if I had the money I would absolutely buy one for my (very fashionally conservative) hubby.

  • Anonymous

    I guess we know where Mangianello’s stylist got the inspiration for the pink shirt/red tie combo in the last post.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the caramel leather jacket and the butter-yellow suit.

  • Anonymous

    The Gladiator shorts (or culottes or skirt) and mandals had me in hysterics.

  • Anonymous

    Is Donatella on drugs? Again?

  • taodon

    And here I was falsely believing I’d never have to see the apocalyptic stylings of Chess King ever again.

  • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

    And with one collection, D&G’s sheer shorts, pants and possibly sheer jumpsuit have been rendered understated and tasteful.  Thank you, Donatella.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    Wow, that’s eye searing.

  • Harmony Scofield

    I was doing fine with this collection until I got to the swimwear, and noticed that suddenly they are all wearing the sandals WITH SOCKS. No. A world of no. That is not style; it’s just craziness.

  • Anonymous

    Row 4, the middle and the right guy? Could it be any uglier. And socks with sandals. No, no and NO!

  • Anonymous

    Hideous.

  • Anonymous

    “this is more like Miami Vice by way of Jersey Shore, spliced with an old International Male catalog.”

    When I read this, my expectations plummeted, so I was pleasantly surprised.  I actually like those very loose trousers, the ones that are fitted or body-skimming through the hips and fall loosely from there. I think fabric slipping & sliding over attractive flesh is far sexier than fabric molded to said flesh like a sausage casing. 

    They used some brains putting the yellow linen(?) jacket & slacks on a dark skinned fella, we white folk just need to stay away from yellow, unless we’re brunettes with some olive to our skin tone, in my admittedly color-choice-challenged opinion.  Designers in general seem to be blind to the fact that a lot of colors look waaay yummier on darker skin and fail to take advantage of that fact on the runway, IMO.

    That opening over-strapped leather number brought to mind a leather jacket I’d blocked out of my mind. One beloved by a guy I dated & dearly liked but which made me cringe & reconsider the cost/benefit ratio of the relationship whenever he sported that damn jacket. It was just wrong. Wrong color, wrong proportions, wrong & he loved it so much. Thanks for the memory, fellas, uh, I think.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with all this! I’m glad they hired more than the One Token Black Model and therefore was able to be versatile with their styling.
      That buttery soft leather jacket in the first picture, my husband would look divine in. Definitely buying the knockoff version of that at Kohl’s or Target or wherever.They did an overall good job on the jackets in this collection (sans the Hugh Hefner robes).

  • Anonymous

    “this is more like Miami Vice by way of Jersey Shore, spliced with an old International Male catalog.”

    When I read this, my expectations plummeted, so I was pleasantly surprised.  I actually like those very loose trousers, the ones that are fitted or body-skimming through the hips and fall loosely from there. I think fabric slipping & sliding over attractive flesh is far sexier than fabric molded to said flesh like a sausage casing. 

    They used some brains putting the yellow linen(?) jacket & slacks on a dark skinned fella, we white folk just need to stay away from yellow, unless we’re brunettes with some olive to our skin tone, in my admittedly color-choice-challenged opinion.  Designers in general seem to be blind to the fact that a lot of colors look waaay yummier on darker skin and fail to take advantage of that fact on the runway, IMO.

    That opening over-strapped leather number brought to mind a leather jacket I’d blocked out of my mind. One beloved by a guy I dated & dearly liked but which made me cringe & reconsider the cost/benefit ratio of the relationship whenever he sported that damn jacket. It was just wrong. Wrong color, wrong proportions, wrong & he loved it so much. Thanks for the memory, fellas, uh, I think.

  • kerry dee

    Did you just manage to pick out all the tacky looks? there were some nice ones. :/

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    There is a lot of fug up there. Straps on the side? REALLY? With that said, I love that yellow suit and I want it.

  • Anonymous

    Love the gray suit (in the middle of row 7?) with the pink shirt and the off-white bag.  I think it might work on more guys than many of the other looks

    I want to love the all red look, but it would be a big adjustment to get to where all that color is found on pants on regular people

    • Anonymous

      Agree.

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear! V lost me with the socks & sandals combo. That’s beyond tacky as chic… They’ve gone into “My Dad on our Myrtle Beach Vacation” territory.

  • Anonymous

    are the 80′s coming back?  I’ll have none of it.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my God, I can’t tell if I love the yellow suit or if the model in it has completely rendered me incapable to judge it rationally.

    • Anonymous

      It’s like wine pairings. Don’t overthink. You’ll never be sure.
       

    • Anonymous

      It’s like wine pairings. Don’t overthink. You’ll never be sure.
       

  • Anonymous

    I like the butter yellow suit. Everything else looks like costumes. 

  • MilaXX

    That’s a lotta look. I can see a few fashion forward males wearing some of the pieces. I betcha Kanye could rock that leather jacket with buckles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637520850 Madison Chua

    That’s what I am talking about. Love the colours, prints and textures. You can easily pick a shirt and tone it down with a matching solid coloured pair of pants. Definitely wearable yet still stands out.

  • http://profiles.google.com/roseofthestage Emily Rose

    What’s the deal with the horrendously unflattering pants this season? Is this going to be a thing?

  • Jill Roberts

    Oh behave, baby!

  • Anonymous

    this must be a joke.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    i like the butter dunked zebra on acid business that looks like en hommage to the prada monkey dress[es].

    & i do like all the pink & red as well. & the fringe buckles. the solid colored ones, @ any rate.

    the rest of it is somewhat, say, mystifying–all but the see-thru number in the final row. i mean: it’s kind of mystifying too, but i would wear it. i dont know a guy who would; then again, not too many hipsters {i’m spitting here}, aka the final end product, pun firmly intended, of the noble tradition of bohemianism, have a preponderance of guts. or balls, if you like.

    not the ones i know, anyway.

  • Aly Light

    If I mentally translate it to women’s wear, it becomes frickin’ fab.

  • http://twitter.com/RocknLox Khadijah James

    This is terrible. It’s so 90′s. What woman is attracted to this? Scratch that… who in the world would be attracted to this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

    No.  Just.  No.

  • Anonymous

    My first thoughts were “garish and tacky” which pretty much sums up Versace so nice job Donatella.

    Although, this is a collection that only works on the runway worn by rocket body models.  Any mere mortal attempting these looks on the street will look like a clown.

    And no to socks with sandals….just no.

  • Anonymous

    I miss Gianni.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDBCEX7F43LCBKPOIVVVLQVILE Mary Nau

    I love most of this.  Those bathing suits and cover ups are great.   I don’t like the leather or the print pants.

  • Anonymous

    I actually really like the many-buckled pants!  (of course, late 80s/early 90s were my heyday, so I WOULD like them…)

    And I like the jacket on the guy with the Elvis hair and dumb sandals in the last row.

    Oh, and those two-toned loafers are killa.

  • Anonymous

    I actually really like the many-buckled pants!  (of course, late 80s/early 90s were my heyday, so I WOULD like them…)

    And I like the jacket on the guy with the Elvis hair and dumb sandals in the last row.

    Oh, and those two-toned loafers are killa.

  • Anonymous

    These aren’t clothes, these are superhero costumes.

  • Glen Coleson

    That pastel yellow suit is divine. If only i had the skin color for it, or the money, or the figure. 

    Sigh… a man can dream…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637520850 Madison Chua

    And you guys say Versace is garish. Have you seen Givenchy’s Spring 2012 line up for men? Bwaahahaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

    It’s like the guys in the last row stopped for “Hammertime” and never started up again :(

  • http://moodring54.livejournal.com/ moodring54

    I kind of love it! It’s a little crazy looking thrown all together like this, but I like most of these as individual pieces- barring the pants. Those are all pretty much terrible. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    Who buys these clothes? Is there really enough demand to sustain a fashion house?

    • Anonymous

      I agree!  Would straight men really buy this?  Are there that many gay men who would spend that kind of money on these duds?

  • http://twitter.com/BrickMercury Brick Mercury

    omg someone just raided my closet from the 80′s.  put it back, PLEASE!