Donatella Versace covered her menswear creations in golden studs, and then sprinkled them with Swarovski crystals. It's a look best appreciated under the spotlight.
The collection presented Monday evening in the covered garden of her Milanese palazzo started off quite button-down: A dark blue pinstriped suit with a baby blue shirt and silver tie. Golden buttons provided the only bling.
But it didn't take long to turn up the heat, with denim outfits covered with large golden rivets, adorned with bright wool collars in green or yellow, which the designer notes said are detachable and interchangeable. The rivets on some garments were not mere accents, completely covering the denim in one pair of cropped jeans.
Donatella wasn't colour-shy. Two frolicking denim outfits in bright floral print conjured images of 1970s playsuits. A bright red tailored suit was paired with a bright pink turtleneck, a fire-engine red jacket with a green turtleneck.
Then, suddenly, the lights went down, and the glam went up. A sheer black shirt with crystal accents, worn with tuxedo trousers. A leather jacket with crystals on the back, and studs on the arms. And one suit jacket was covered entirely in Swarovski crystals, the sheen broken only by the tie and the shirt collar.
For accessories, a heavy gold chain provides security for oversized leather wallets stuffed in back pockets. And golden medallions pinned on jackets lend a military air.
Motorcycle boots with gold accents completed the "Don't mess with me!" attitude.
Versace — fittingly — called the look "tough glamour."