Let's address the obvious elephant in the room: Versace's newest monogram is a bit familiar. The Versace autumn/winter 2021 presentation was not the usual visual fare that we've all grown accustomed to—the baroque and Medusa prints that have been constant leitmotifs of the brand were almost nowhere to be found. In fact, artistic director and vice president Donatella Versace made full use of the opportunity to showcase the brand's latest monogram on everything.
For starters, the entire set for Versace autumn/winter 2021 was a blown up rendition of the new monogram that's based on its Greca motif. The Versace La Greca monogram is a continuous three-dimensional interpretation with a 45-degree slant. The resemblance to French trunk and accessories maker Goyard's monogram, however, was almost too close to not take notice.
The situation was exacerbated with Versace's bag offerings for autumn/winter 2021. The roomy canvas totes were identical to Goyard's famed Saint Louis totes, complete with leather trims and top handles. Some of the crossbody options too reminded us of Goyard's front-flap Belvedere bags—a style that's been made famous by Anwar Hadid and A$AP Rocky.
There's certainly no doubt that it was an aesthetically different Versace, but at the same time, one that's pretty familiar.
Look and feel: Similar monograms aside, the collection was still rife with that unbridled sexiness Versace has always exuded in every collection. It's a part of the Versace DNA that can't be shaken off no matter how the collection takes shape. Shoulders were strong in the menswear looks and they were only ever so slightly extended beyond the natural shoulder line before a sharp cut down the sleeves.
While the monogram filled almost every piece in ready-to-wear, they were rendered in a couple of different ways. On pattern-on-pattern ensembles, the La Greca monogram was scaled up for added depth and differentiation. And on the collection's evening looks towards the end, the monogram was reworked as embellishments for a more subtle interpretation.
Favourite looks: Look 6's decidedly oversized proportions—from the lapels to the blazer and finally, the chunky soled shoes—was quite masterfully done. And then there's the addition of the monogram as accents on gloves, the blazers extended lining, and a zipped case, that made the entire outfit looked incredibly sharp and chic. Look 46's yellow and magenta jumper made for a strong contender for the season's statement knitwear, especially when paired together with patent leather trousers.
Favourite accessories: It was difficult to ignore the collection's Greca-soled footwear that was paired with every menswear look. The chunky soles looked rather ordinary from the front but struck a rather stunning side profile. And despite the monogram—we reckon that it's bound to stay regardless of the general consensus of its similarity to another brand's—the small box-like crossbody bags seen on looks 6, 11 and 33 would make for splendid additions to our growing collection of small bags.