Hurtling through time and space, the Village People have landed squarely on Via Gesù, with their studs, leather chaps and sparkling wallet chains intact. In fact, the boys are looking better than ever, thanks to Donatella Versace’s whimsical — and humorous — touch. Backstage, Versace described the collection as “military ironic and Versace glamour,” but it was so much more than that. Models worked looks ranging from black leather biker jackets pavéd with gold studs, chains and piercings, to psychedelic flower-print camouflage suits, to Swarovski-embroidered eveningwear and one very bright raspberry-colored shearling coat. It was an eye-popping romp from start to finish, and the pieces will no doubt live long on the pages of glossy magazines, if not in the walk-in wardrobes of die-hard Versace fans. And for those not bold enough to work a hybrid pair of jeans and chaps, an overcoat the color of a Campbell’s Tomato Soup tin, or a sky blue cardigan with matching fur collar, there was a host of more subdued options, including tweed trenches and one very discreet camel coat, plus the designer’s interpretation of the new power suit in contrasting pinstripes.

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