Versace announced the appointment of Martyn Bal as the new Creative Director for their Menswear Collection early 2010. Now Mr. Bal is also the creative genius behind the men’s fashion house MARTYN BAL, which is growing to be just as iconic and distinctive as Versace.
Since his appointment I believe Martyn BAl’s aim has been to revisit the classic DNA of the Versace heritage and reinterpret it for the 21st Century man.
Now, when I saw the male models waltz down the runway of the Versace Menswear Fall/Winter Collection 2011/2012, the first thing that struck me was, “I wonder what Patrick Bateman would make of this collection?”
Martyn Bal has reinterpreted the late ’80s and ’90s Wall Street yuppie look in timeless fashion (pun intended), reminding us of all that was over the top and grotesque in the ’80s.
There is something pleasantly sterile, brooding (maybe even melancholy) and understated about Bal’s creation. This is a breath of freshness amidst the flashy trend that menswear has taken in recent years.
And Mr. Bal has decided that BLUE! BLUE! BLUE is the colour of the Season – just about the only feature of the collection that is over the top, and suitably so.
So, in closing, my wish for this year is that every man own at least five outfits from Versace Menswear Fall/Winter Collection 2011/2012 for that simple reason that this collection is timeless, the cuts are simple and functional, the chosen fabrics are refined and rich, and best of all this wardrobe is truly made for the man. I wait impatiently to see what Martyn Bal will bring us in coming years.
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