PHOTOS: Who Is Going To Buy Versace For H&M’s Men’s Collection?

We’ve written a lot of very optimistic posts about the forthcoming Versace for H&M collaboration, because the photos and advertisements we’ve seen for its women’s clothing are very, very promising. We wish we could say the same thing about the men’s stuff.

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If you’ve seen the men’s clothes before now, forgive us — it was only a short time ago that our own eyes were assaulted with the nuclear neon glow of a sweater printed with palm fronds that look like they want to eat your children. And only shortly after that did were we prevailed upon to look at a dude in a pink-and-leopard print sarong, sitting next to a guy who didn’t get the memo that leather pants with gold thigh panels probably don’t make that much sense for spring. His sparkly black mesh tank top, whipped back over his neck, fits right in. Granted, these are just look book images — the ads, which star model River Viiperi, are a lot more covered up, even if they are just as, um, eye-opening.

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The one bright spot in all this dayglo darkness seems to be the pants — they look like they fit impeccably well, and brave enough guys will find success pairing the pink and blue ones with shirts that actually button come springtime. Other than that, this sort of looks like Donatella was designing clothes for the harem of tightly muscled men who carry her around on a divan and fetch her glasses of ice water. And we had such high hopes. In the pre-collection images, there was photo of a guy wearing a smart suit, and we’d assumed the rest of the collection would carry in that vein. We’re sad we were wrong.

But that’s just what we think. Take a look at the collection below and tell us how you’re feeling about all this.

[Dr. Jay’s, Design Scene]

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