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Versace SS15 Mens collections, Dazed backstage
Backstage at Versace SS15Photography Lea Colombo

Versace SS15

A Cuban-inspired toga party at Casa Versace – complete with net vests, tiny white speedos and lace-up leather

Initial reaction:

Toga party in Versace sheets, set in Cuba to a bass-heavy soundtrack of Señor Coconut.

Cuban cigars:

“I was thinking of Cuba,” Donatella Versace said after the show. “I like the attitude of it. I love the colours of the buildings and I love the graffiti street art, which inspired the leather and prints.” Casa Versace was all pink suits, a glamorous yet relaxed holiday mood and palm print suiting, peppered with cheeky Versace accents like net vests, lace-up leather and an epic swimwear section of tiny white Roman-inspired briefs. Shapes were triangular and with a masculine eighties feel but set off by more traditionally feminine fabrics like delicate macramé embroidered shirts depicting Havana streetscapes.

Versace everything:

Right now, so many young designers are stamping their initials and logos across everything, but at Versace, that kind of branding has always been a house signature. So it was only fitting that Donatella should go all out in the trademark stakes, using the show to celebrate all things Planet Versace. She sent her boys down the marble runway carrying Medusa plates like bags, towels with the brand’s interlocking Greek key – and picnic basket backpacks filled with opulent crockery. “Versace is about a sense of humour. We have all these things – why not use them?” Donatella Versace said with a smile backstage.

The soundtrack to Versace SS15:

Last season, spurred on by a growing climate of political homophobia, Donatella created a collection which read as a celebration of all things camp (leather codpieces included). See it below: