Even this most casual of garments radiates luxury
For over 40 years, the Italian fashion house of Versace has been a renowned name in fashion. The founder of the label, Gianni Versace, wanted to create clothing that people would fall in love with, much as the snake-haired Medusa from Greek mythology infatuated men with her serpentine beauty (which is why Versace chose Medusa’s head as the house logo). However, unlike Medusa turning her admirers into cold, immobile stone, Versace celebrates movement and sensuality. To wear a Versace print is to be enveloped in an explosion of vibrant color and luxurious patterns.
From its earliest days, Versace styles have made people feel beautiful. While anyone who steps out in Versace radiates the self-assurance usually reserved for pop stars and supermodels, Versace certainly got a boost thanks to some high-profile celebrities. Take Jennifer Lopez at the Grammys in 2000, in her plunging (and headline-grabbing) gown of bamboo-printed silk chiffon. Or the spotlight that shone brightly on model and actress Liz Hurley when she joined Hugh Grant at the 1994 premier of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” ensconced in a slinky black silk held together with jewelled safety pins. Hurley’s outfit, now simply known as “That Dress,” launched her stardom and helped make Versace a household name. Versace’s looks expand beyond women’s fashion; the brand offers captivating clothing for men, too, since its origins in 1978. The house’s menswear looks range from patterned jackets to fitted suits, all impeccably tailored and broadcasting the flair and ease for which Versace is known.
Start with a Versace T-shirt
While flowing dresses and eye-catching footwear and accessories can make the most noise in a designer’s collection, the Versace brand offers marvelous T-shirts befitting a house known for eye-popping visuals and lively prints. With classic Italian wit and originality, Versace doesn’t disappoint, with clever designs adorning the classic tee to dress up any look.. For every straight-up chic T-shirt in the Versace lineup that simply features the brand’s name or elegant Medusa-head logo, you’ll find another equally stylish option that captures the liveliness and originality of the Versace label.
Other notable Versace T-shirts Versace T-shirts include the classic Versace logo, embroidered in gold and intertwined with a zebra stripe, playing up this season’s animal print trend. Another features a trompe l’oeil print of the notorious safety-pins (a la Liz Hurley), scattered around the Versace logo. And for those who love a little extra oomph and texture, there are options garnished with actual bejewelled safety-pins. Other designs include a split-personality look that bisects the T-shirt into two contrasting halves, logo and all, and a fountain of flowers spilling across the garment, almost engulfing the logo with floral beauty. But whichever you choose, your shirt (and look) will be unmistakably Versace.
For the fashionista who likes to school onlookers, there’s the “It’s Versace Not Versachee” T-shirt, in white, black, or zingy pink—to make sure admirers of the wearer’s style know how to properly spell Versace’s name. Too snarky? There is always the option to spread a little kindness in your wake with one of the “From Versace with Love” tops, or to sport a heart-bedecked tee that emits the Versace vibe with a gentler message.
Turn heads with a play on Medusa
That serpentine Medusa logo is also available in several variations. While the stylized Versace Medusa medallion is the most well-known iteration, Versace offers an artistic depiction of a classic Greek sculpture as well, both as a straightforward print and in a more complex artistic collage. Medusa also appears in a men’s Fluo Barocco T-shirt, in eye-catching psychedelic pinks and blues.
Don’t forget to look across the aisle
Versace T-shirts are ideal for just about anyone. In our style-fluid world, clever shoppers see past gender-specific categories to find a look all their own. For example, a fashion-forward woman might shop the menswear collection, assembling an alluring look with a classic white men’s tee emblazoned with smiling scarlet lips and a cherry-crimson handbag from the women’s collection. Likewise, the black-and-white ‘Medusa Bandana’ T-shirt, a chic, unique take on the classic Medusa, suits almost any vibe and wearer. And for daring Versace fans with a mischievous and slightly kinky side, the house’s prints depicting leather harnesses and gold rings make for a tongue-in-cheek statement. There really is a Versace tee for everyone.
From basic to flashy and every look in between, build your ensemble with a head-turning Versace T-shirt from Italist’s extensive collection for women and men. Italist also offers fashions from the Versace Collection, fusing signature Versace elements with current seasonal trends for a fresh spin on chic Italian classics, plus the Versace Jeans Couture lineup, offering a high-fashion approach to denim.
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By: Daniel Milford-Cottam
With a personal collection of over 2000 pieces of designer couture, Daniel MIlford-Cottam has studied the history of fashion from a young age. While Assistant Curator in the Furniture, Textiles, and Fashion department at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, he worked on the Wedding Dress exhibition and the accompanying publication. Daniel is the author of Fashion in the 1950s and Fashion in the 1970s (Bloomsbury Shire), and is penning the next book in the series, Fashion in the 1960s.