A mainstay of the label's ready-to-wear creations, Medusa -- a figure from Greek mythology with snakes for hair -- now also rears her head in Versace's home and furniture collections.
This year, Donatella Versace has treated Medusa to her very own chair -- "Shadov" -- with a backrest echoing the outline of Medusa's head. Available in wood or leather, it comes in a wide selection of colors, from "revolution red" and "armée green" to "cool gray" and "cloud."
Medusa also features in a new product line called "VM11," referencing the Versace boutique in Milan, situated at Via Montenapoelone 11. This line includes pieces for living and dining in neutral shades of black and white.
In contrast, the "Le Jardin de Versace" range is full of bright colors, butterflies and the occasional Medusa head, surrounded by flowers and golden Baroque-inspired rings. Here, the butterfly is more than a purely aesthetic choice. The blue butterfly symbolizes the meaning of life and acceptance. In Chinese mythology, seeing a yellow butterfly foretells happiness around the corner. Plus, a major change is said to be in store for anyone the yellow butterfly lands on. Finally, the purple butterfly symbolizes spirituality.
"Le Jardin de Versace" comes to cushions, as well as a limited-edition couch, with just 12 editions available.