Hooking onto the H&M/Versace co-brand launch tomorrow, Something Borrowed is borrowing a bit from vintage Versace. And so is that co-brand- hearkening back to Gianni’s best. Check it after the jump.
Who can forget Showgirls’ Naomi Malone’s Ver-sayce dress? In all of its 1995 glory- Versace was the height of elegance. And yet preserved a compelling grittiness or perhaps slag-fantastic nature. Let’s not forget Elizabeth Hurley’s Versace safety pin LBD.
Truly 80s/90s were the golden years for the brand- literally- the use of gold was rampant and well worn. Pieces from that period were incredibly rich and indulgent with endless appeal for the eyes. They easily pulled off amazingly complex prints on silk and jeans no less. No one has made such inventive denim before or since. (Some of which you can get from the H&M co-brand and at a cut rate.) And the bling and eyewear, oh my!
Scoring vintage Versace is, well, a score for sure. Highly coveted pieces from the 90s are often well preserved and can go for a pretty penny. But those pieces scream fun and color. Must haves for a seasoned vintage buyer.
Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, a particularly unique time for fashion, Gianni brought his upbringing as an apprentice in his mother’s dressmaking business to his distinctive cuts and respect for patterns. Versace has remained a stalwart in the fashion industry, with the winning Dontella look. DV has kept Gianni’s flavor strong and played off of his legacy of championing the supermodel, with the brand’s use of celebrity.
Thankfully the H&M/Versace co-brand is a happy throw back to the golden age of Versace. They bring the signature studded leather, bold prints and bondage straps to the eagerly awaiting lines already forming around select cities’ H&M stores.
Check the H&M/Versace lookbook:
While Something Borrowed, Nothing New normally looks down its nose at newly made throwback threads (why not forage for the real thing?) affordable co-brands, like this one, have shown themselves to be responsible producers of vintage inspired threads. It is always a pleasure when such a iconic brand such as Versace can have fun with its own brand and history.
Look out for vintage Versace, but don’t forget to set your alarm clock for Saturday’s release of the next best thing.