Viva Versace

The vibrant colors and Art Deco prints embraced by the designer in 1990s Miami are showing up on today's runways

BACK IN 1992, when the rest of the fashion flock was celebrating the late 1980s boom by buying yachts, or homes in Capri and Monte Carlo, Gianni Versace began restoring a rundown building on what was then considered the wrong side of the tracks of long-since-faded Miami Beach. Thus began the designer's love affair with the city's vibrant colors and Art Deco architecture. His spring collection that year was filled with boldly colored silk prints inspired by Miamiā€”a look that would become the designer's trademark, covering everything from clothing to couches.

Fast-forward 14 years to the Versace men's collection for spring...

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