On Saturday, Italian fashion house Versace showed cowboy themed menswear collection for fall 2014 that was outrageously fun, even by Versace standards.
Designer Donatella Versace said backstage after the show, “Our cowboy is macho, he’s a biker … he doesn’t have a horse”.
Donatella’s cowboys wear their boots with sharp, tight suits decorated with rhinestone horseshoes and cactus plants on both front and back. These cowhands head out on the town wearing red leather chaps over their jeans, sometimes just over their bandanna-print underwear. Cheeky indeed!
Cowboy bikers at Versace wear leather pants, fur motorcycle jackets, hip-hop chains, silk shirts with “Western Cowboy” on the back, or quilted bombers over their bare chests. They sport studded or rhinestone codpieces that do double-duty as belts. Motorcycle helmets bearing the houses trademark Medusa motifs add to the fun.
The collection included a few covetable, sumptuous pieces, like a camel overcoat that looked as thick as a carpet. But mostly it was a camp celebration of manhood in many forms, from the automobile grilles decorating the runway to the “vroom vroom” motorcycle revving up the start of the soundtrack.
The late Gianni Versace was famous for mixing cultural references spanning Ancient Greece to Andy Warhol into his carefully tailored work, but the cowboy theme has appeared only once before.