Following the likes of Comme des Garçons, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel and Matthew Williamson, fashion heavyweight Versace has teamed up with H&M to provide the general public with its trademark luxury gaudiness. Amongst the abundance of quilted leather, brash prints and a very brave display of hot pink, this black suit jacket is a stand out piece – a perfect balance between subtle monochrome and a garish opulence that is synonymous with the fashion house.
A clean-cut structure is accentuated with simple vertical stitching, and stylish excess is kept to a bare minimum. With the intention of basing the collaboration upon Versace’s rich and extensive history, plunging silk lapels and single button fastenings provide a welcome and understated reference to a signature Italian style. The piece is a direct reflection of the Gianni Versace era of Milanese luxury tailoring that has seen a massive resurgence of late; 80s inspired suits were also pioneered by major brands Aquascutum and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Whilst some pieces of the collection are bold (and very Versace) choices to say the least, glimmers of refined design genius like this jacket provide much hope for those who want to invest in the brand’s latest offering without looking like they’re ‘selling it’ in Soho (I can’t vouch for the zebra print, snakeskin and golden studs, however). Team with matching trousers from the same line for a polished, on-trend look with either a shirt and pocket square for more formal situations, or a simple tee and loafers if you’re keeping it casual.
Available today from selected stores for a very appealing £99.99, it’s a rare opportunity to own a piece that is somewhat unique when compared to the other high street collaborations out there. A militant marketing campaign will ensure the collection flies off the rails (I defy anybody who claims they’ve not noticed such adverts on the underground, internet, everywhere they look etc.) so head out now to avoid disappointment.