DUBAI: Models Imaan Hammam and Bella Hadid walked the runway for Italian design house Versace at its Milan Men’s Fashion Week show on Saturday.
Creative Director Donatella Versace is looking to dress a man whose masculinity is challenged by neither lace, nor neon nor florals, AP reported.
The Versace man is ready to work in a double-breasted pinstriped suit but leaves the shirt unbuttoned to show off a Versace T-shirt that reads like Tabloid newsprint. The headline: “Versace finally speaks out.”
The flash soon followed, with shiny red snakeskin coats over mid-thigh shorts and Versace newsprint tops. Boxy jackets with flat pockets were worn with matching shorts, dressed up with a woman’s cross-body bag.
Men wore sheer tops over legible T-shirts, lace detailing on military-style knitwear and floral print suits with buttons left open to show off necklaces and belly-button jewelry. Flashes of neon green and orange closed the show, in knit sleeveless tops that show off a man’s hours at the gym. The bright footwear included the Versace Chain Reaction sneaker.
The menswear runway was punctuated by corresponding looks for women, including US-Palestinian Hadid in a snug leather mini with form-accentuating ruffle accents, Dutch-Egyptian-Moroccan Hammam in a graphic T-shirt and hot pants and Kendall Jenner in a body-hugging floral mini with thigh-high boots.
Meanwhile, iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell and Italian star Monica Bellucci injected Hollywood-octane oomph in to the second day of fashion week, sporting sizzling men’s suits teamed with skyscraper stilettos for Dolce & Gabbana.
With an over-the-top gilt and baroque decor glittering in the background, the 48-year-old Campbell was a vision from top to bottom from her elegant black hat with a white band to her sparkling silver heels, AFP reported.
She wore a classic pinstripe suit with a carefully mismatched bow tie adorning her crisp white shirt.
Bellucci showed off a three-piece coal black suit with a wide lapel, teetering on vertiginous heels with her hands in her pockets.
The younger models were heartthrobs of the Millennials — a target group for the house — including actor Cameron Dallas, Chinese singer and actor Karry Wang and Kailand Wander, the son of US music legend Stevie Wonder.
Apart from Campbell and Bellucci’s suits, the other offerings bore the quirky, sassy D&G stamp: Suits encrusted with precious stones or layered with dazzling silver and gold embroidery that the maison put down to a “Gothic inspiration.”
Milan will showcase 28 ready-to-wear collections to reveal the Spring/Summer 2019 lines.
Among the major Italian names showing between now and Monday are Prada and Giorgio Armani.
The overseas fashion houses taking part include Britain’s Stella McCartney, Canada’s Dsquared2 and Germany’s Philipp Plein.
McCartney is returning to Milan after a four-year absence and will close the fashion week on Monday evening.