Versace in sporting mood for next summer

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Models wear creations of the Versace men's Spring-Summer 2014 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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MILAN (AP) — Donatella Versace is in a sporting mood.

Her latest menswear collection presented Saturday, the first day of Milan Fashion Week, was based on athletic themes from boxing to swimming to colorful muscle patches like those worn by professional tennis players.

In fact, the muscle patch was the leitmotif of the Versace spring/summer 2014 collection, with models wearing more than one in fluorescent shades on their arms and legs for a tattoo effect.

The patch patterns were repeated on T-shirts, shorts, jackets, and pants.

The boxing theme came in a robe with a huge green fluorescent Medusa — the Versace trademark — on the back, and silk shorts.

And next summer, Versace swimwear is so brief it risks getting the wearer into real hot water.

Along with all the sporty stuff, the blonde designer who loves rock music, black leather and metal studs, showed a series of nearly classic suits, were it not for the gilded zip pockets and funky leather detail.

A pin-striped suit with Bermuda shorts — the latest city-look of the season — shows that Donatella knows when to end the fun and get down to business.

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