How Very Versace, Sort Of

The key to shopping thrift is to have an idea of what you’re looking for — if you go in without any sense of direction, it’s going to become overwhelming, and chances are you’ll either buy nothing, or items you’ll later regret. I found this sweater in a favorite vintage store of mine in Boston — Bobby’s — and at the time it reminded me of the way Alaia does pattern and texture, with the subtle duo-tone nature of the sweater. This sweater is a ribbed burgundy ridged in black, which gives it a great sense of pattern and texture as you see it move in person.

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Cut to 2013 and I’m browsing the SSENSE website, which I love and lust after, and I come across this Versace sweater. Now I’m all for the designer look, but I don’t do knock offs, so the key to “recreating a look” is always breaking down what you like into certain details or aspects. Here it’s all about the color and texture of the sweater. Sure, the neckline is completely different, but like I said, it’s in paying attention to detail where you’ll find your pay off.

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Versace Black & Ribbed Turtleneck from SSENSE

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.