Over the last few years, fashion has seen the demand of the Middle East market. Be it in terms of spending power or the power they have on oil prices which affect economies. Fashion has had to appreciate this power and acclimatise itself to it. Acclimatisation, the ability of one to adapt to the surrounding environment, was the essence of the Versace menswear collection. It tells a story of a foreign Legionnaire lost in the desert, dressed in his military attire, but soon having to adjust his wardrobe to what the tribesmen of the desert are wearing. In the desert, clothing is light and airy; and Plokhov seems to have taken note of that with this collection. Fabrics were loose, made out of silk and gauze. Here the colour palette was brown, beige, white and cream. The collection fused the military with Morroco, with double breasted jackets and a silk djellaba hanging out over a pair of silk trousers. The “new” shirt was not tucked in making the silhouette seem unregimented and lax. Detailing on the jackets was unconventional, due to straps and rings. Leather was used for wrapping fanny packs, belts and jackets. And in the desert the Versace man is lost in, alligators were nearby, as they were stripped into jackets, inspiration on t-shirts and swimming trunks. Man-clutches were also the accessory of the day, but here in square toilet bag shape and calfskin leather. Plokhov seems to have followed the book on the desert theme, as shoes were vanilla and white suede desert boots. This collection in all definitely speak to men who hate wearing shirts in summer and with the Versace shirt being loose and light, I think we may have a winner.
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