In case you may not have noticed, Versace is launching a new monogram named ‘’La Greca’’. It’s a take on the brand’s heritage Greek Key pattern turned trompe l’oeil in the genre of Balmain’s Labyrinth, Goyard’s Chevrons, or Moynat’s infinite Ms.
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Informed by power and self-confidence, Versace boasted this new monogram in various different ways. Rendered in camel and black, with ‘’Versace’’ written discreetly between the lines, the Greca pattern made for a more subtle take on logo dressing, appearing as an allover motif on jacquard suits and vinyl raincoats; knit turtleneck vest and flared leggings sets, and the lining of a great-looking black patent leather sheepskin jacket.
A graffiti Medusa smiley was also making its debut this season, a graphic that’s said to ‘’champion the brand’s sense of humor and rebellious character’’. Fenced off by La Greca bordering, the smiley appeared on various pieces of men’s outerwear including on sporty bomber jackets, intarsia sweaters and scarves, as well as on women’s shirting.
Under the sea of monograms, the garments themselves were – in contrast – a viable proposal for a post-lockdown wardrobe: easy, smart, and real. While many designers have been playing with more oversized silhouettes this season, Versace turned down the volume on women’s tailoring, showing round-shouldered tailored jackets, and A-line miniskirts over cropped pants, infusing the lineup with a zippy ’60s spirit. The menswear boasted the same body-hugging tailoring and interesting fabric details as the womenswear.
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