Versace's SS20 Collection Showcases "Contemporary Masculinity"

Merging tailoring, oversized silhouettes, the ’90s and archival prints.

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Versace’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection at Milan Fashion Week this weekend was anchored in “contemporary masculinity,” which, according to the brand’s interpretation, resulted in a mash-up of tailored pieces, oversized silhouettes, injections of the 90’s trend and signature brand codes. Like many luxury houses this season, the Italian label opened up its archive in order to source key prints, tapping artist Andy Dixon to reimagine them for a selection of pieces and juxtaposing them against seasonal patterns like leopard and checks.

Power suiting is played up in the range, with standouts including the colorblocked set that marries solid black with a Prince of Wales fabric for a half-half look from top to bottom. To contrast against the formal side of the assortment, items like fringed leather coats, motorcycle vests and tie-dyed denim offer easier sportswear options. Meanwhile, Dixon has hand-painted a new take on the brand’s archival print of Roman god Bacchus, giving the assortment a colorful and modern illustration on button-downs, jackets and pants. The artist’s work returns by way of race cars and vases, which make their way onto silk shirts, knitwear, and light metallic separates to add another quirky element.

“For this collection, I wanted to explore the elements that empower a man. It’s definitely the confidence, the freedom and desire to express himself without hesitation,” said Donatella Versace.

Watch the runway show in the video below and for more from the brand, check out the relaunch of its Versace Jeans Couture collection.

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