Versace devotees descended upon New York’s Lexington Avenue Armory Wednesday night where Donatella Versace showed off the latest Versace Versus capsule collection with J.W. Anderson at an elaborate runway show-cum-party. Revelers filed into the dimly lit space, where blue lights glowed and music thumped.
Donatella Versace has learned a lot from Versus’s collaboration with Christopher Kane, which lasted three years – mainly that new talent stirs up an older brand. Versus mixed with JW Anderson proved a heady cocktail – young, sexy and just a little bit out-there. Cut-out pieces for boys and girls, lace, zebra print and crisp white go-go boots were highlights.
The Versus symbol since the brand launched in 1989, the safety pin is still puncturing holes in designs nearly 15 years later. This time around, it appears on jackets for men and cute babydoll shapes for girls.