It's men's Fashion Week in Milan, and we're hearing there was something of an exodus at Versace, when several key buyers actually left the presentation in the middle. Outside the lobby, our spy heard the words "boring" uttered in several languages. Usually we love this sort of thing, because it's fun when misaligned fashion gets called out for poor form, but this time we're bummed. This time, the Versace clothes are exceptional. They were designed with help from Alexander Plokhov, the displaced Cloak createur, and they are clean, cool, awesome. We think draining the Kool Aid colors that usually grace the Versace men's collection was a brilliant idea, because now they look like an outfit and not a costume. Also: For maybe the first time, the line doesn't look like it was designed for confidently gay men. It looks like it was designed for confident men, period. See the whole collection, and read Tim Blanks' rather spiffy review, on Style.com. And keep your fingers crossed for Alexander; this is good stuff...
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Donatella Versace on What You Can Expect from the New Versus
Last November, Versace announced a new strategy for its little sister line Versus. Christopher Kane would no longer design it, and Versus would never do a runway show again. Going forward, Versus would be a series of collaborations between Versace and "various creative innovators and designers" and have a "strong digital element." So what does that all mean? A new video airing exclusively on Fashionista sheds some light on what Versace has in mind for her beloved Versus (she says it's "the first collection my brother Gianni gave to me in complete freedom to do") in advance of the first designer capsule collection for Versus with J.W. Anderson.