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RUNWAY REPORT.....Milan Menswear Fashion Week: Versace A/W 2012

Donatella...for Johnny Weir??
It's 1986 All Over Again: Versace Men's Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Donatella Versace showed her vision for the Versace man for Fall/Winter 2012/2013 and its a DOOZY! While the soundtrack played, beginning with Ursula 1000's "Hey You!" to Death In Vegas' "Witch Dance", the collection went ALL OVER the place. All the models had slicked back pompadour hairstyles, and the collection's colors ranged from bright tomato red to neon apple green, canary yellow, turquoise blue and anything in between. Did I mention it's Fall?
Flower Boys: Versace Men's Fall/Winter 2012/2013
There was lots of fur and blindingly bright "Flower Power" prints--enough to make even Elton John blush. I think I even saw some printed 1985-esque MOCK turtlenecks (Oh Dear!).
"The Eagle" Is Calling: Versace Men's Fall/Winter 2012/2013

Speaking of 1985: the entire collection seemed to be reliving the 1980's heydays of Versace and all those sexy ad campaigns from back in the day. Also, besides all the in-your-face colors and prints, there was lots of leather; quilted vests, 80's style motorcycle leather jackets, with studs (naturally, it's VERSACE!). There were even denim and leather chaps that could have looked right at home at a Leather Daddy Gay Bar circa 1986. And notice the leather-and-studded fingerless gloves.
The Stud: Versace Men's Fall/Winter 2012/2013
On the subject of denim, standouts in this very wacky (even pour moi) collection included some fab denim jackets--studded of course. Shapes were unusually boxy for the current Menswear standard of skinny shrinking shapes. Oh, and speaking of BIG...those big ol' motorcycle boots you had already given away to Goodwill or sold at a garage sale ages ago? If Donatella has her say come next Fall, they're BAAACK!
No Evening Wallflower: Versace Men's Fall/Winter 2012/2013
And if all the above wasn't enough, the evening wear portion of the collection featured see-through shirts (soooo "International Male" Catalog!!) and printed and sequined tuxedo jackets. Was it all A LOT? Yes. Was it for--how shall I say this--a limited clientele like, say JOHNNY WEIR?? Yes again. And bless Donatella's heart for just going there! It will be very interesting come this Fall visiting the Men's section at a Versace boutique--and seeing really how much of this really ended up on the selling floor and/or how toned down it becomes when it gets to retail. We'll see... Click Below for the Complete Versace Menswear Fall 2012 Runway Video:

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