Versace Suit Lines - Couture/Versus/Collection

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  1. italia55

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    Hello

    I was wondering if the experts here could point me in the right direction with Versace suits. Recently, I have become enamored with the fit of Versace Suits (And similarly Gucci and some Prada) and style in comparison to my more traditional and baggier Armani (Mostly Mani and one Le Collezioni) suits.

    I am trying to put together a wardrobe of these Versace suits, but I have heard mixed reviews of the suits depending on the line that the suit has.

    Does the general hierarchy of Versace suit quality go from their Versus/Istante line, to their Versace Classic Line, and finally the Gianni Versace Couture Line? Please see some jacket labels below to distinguish the suits I am talking about:

    Versace Istante Versus Label: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=220678171350

    Versace Classic Label: [​IMG]
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    Gianni Versace Couture Label: [​IMG]
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    I have just heard horrid things of the Classic Label, with the suits being fused, 100% cotton, not comparable to Zegna Su misura and Z-Zegna suits, Armani Black Label/Le Collezioni suits, etc. which makes me fearful to imagine the quality of the Istante Versus line. However, are the two labels that I provided of the Versace couture line actually the couture line that is so highly regarded? And should the Versace classic and istante versus line be avoided?
     
  2. Icarus

    Icarus Senior member

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    Versace PoliticoRus couture is their most coveted label. It's purchasable by invite only, and only Putin has the invites.
     
  3. SpooPoker

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    Versace Classic V2 stopped being made in 2001 or so, quality was OK, but not great (pic1)

    Versace Classic (the incarnation you posted in pic 2) was from '02-'07, quality declined a bit, nothing great

    Istante (not pictured) stopped production in the late 90's, anything from that line is horribly dated now

    Versus (not pictured) fused, no hand work, just a "fashion suit" good visual impact but not the quality aspect

    Versace Couture (black and white label as you pictured in the last 2 pics) these incarnations are from 93-03 and were the best quality there was, but still not handmade or comparable to the best around

    Versace Couture (recent labels, unpictured) are made by Zegna to couture standards, avg. retail on those suits are $3K and up.

    If you want a hierarchal list, start from the bottom to the top and thats the order from best to worst. If you do a search, I have also once replied to a thread which had all the labels so you could see this as well.
     
  4. Made in California

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    If you want a hierarchal list, start from the bottom to the top and thats the order from best to worst. If you do a search, I have also once replied to a thread which had all the labels so you could see this as well.
    I searched for a thread like this the other day. Was a thread listing all the brand hierarchies?
     
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    Versace Classic V2 stopped being made in 2001 or so, quality was OK, but not great (pic1)

    Versace Classic (the incarnation you posted in pic 2) was from '02-'07, quality declined a bit, nothing great

    Istante (not pictured) stopped production in the late 90's, anything from that line is horribly dated now

    Versus (not pictured) fused, no hand work, just a "fashion suit" good visual impact but not the quality aspect

    Versace Couture (black and white label as you pictured in the last 2 pics) these incarnations are from 93-03 and were the best quality there was, but still not handmade or comparable to the best around

    Versace Couture (recent labels, unpictured) are made by Zegna to couture standards, avg. retail on those suits are $3K and up.

    If you want a hierarchal list, start from the bottom to the top and thats the order from best to worst. If you do a search, I have also once replied to a thread which had all the labels so you could see this as well.


    I tried searching your posts but could not find it, but the list you provided above helps me tremendously.

    How do these compare to Mani/Le Collezioni/Black Label Armani suits? I am basically trying to get the Versace quality and fashion in my mind sort of how cars are ranked (IE, sedans go from Toyota Camry to Mercedes-Benz to Bentley/Rolls Royce). Would the VERSUS be comparable to those Mani suits going on eBay for $50-60? Le Collezioni to the Classic, and finally Versace Couture from 93-03 to the Black Label Armani suits? I assume that none of the suits that I have just mentioned would be on par with a suit/tuxedo from Brioni as well.

    Thank you for all your help!
     
  6. SpooPoker

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    I searched for a thread like this the other day. Was a thread listing all the brand hierarchies?

    I tried searching your posts but could not find it, but the list you provided above helps me tremendously.

    How do these compare to Mani/Le Collezioni/Black Label Armani suits? I am basically trying to get the Versace quality and fashion in my mind sort of how cars are ranked (IE, sedans go from Toyota Camry to Mercedes-Benz to Bentley/Rolls Royce). Would the VERSUS be comparable to those Mani suits going on eBay for $50-60? Le Collezioni to the Classic, and finally Versace Couture from 93-03 to the Black Label Armani suits? I assume that none of the suits that I have just mentioned would be on par with a suit/tuxedo from Brioni as well.

    Thank you for all your help!



    Here is my reply in that thread that may help a little further.

    [​IMG] at the car analogies, but really, really roughly =

    Current Gianni Versace Couture = Rolls Royce
    Pre-2006 Gianni Versace Couture = S500
    Versace Classic = Lexus
    Versus (now or them) = Acura
    Istante = Camry

    [​IMG]
     

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