Mar 23, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Last night in New York saw the launch of one of the most highly anticipated collections of the season: JW Anderson for Versus Versace. With a star-studded line-up at the launch night and a host of highly acclaimed reviews hitting the web today, the capsule collection most definitely didn’t disappoint.
Following the departure of Christopher Kane in November last year, Donatella Versace was challenged with the task of finding a new protégé to take the reigns of Versace‘s punked-up younger brother, Versus. In a new move to reposition the brand, Donatello and the Versace brand have restructured the label opting for a series of designer collaborations that will contribute a core collection designed by the wider Versace team.
Jonathan Anderson, also known as JW Anderson, has been selected to create the first capsule collection for Versus, the first in a series of designer collaborations that will work towards the repositioning of the brand. Known for his daring and provoking collections (see: last season’s menswear show), his debut collection is just as statement making. Consisting of 31 looks, the line encapsulates the subversive androgyny of the JW Anderson mainline.
Anderson’s penchant for the ’90s translated powerfully into the collection, with the designer nodding to the classic Versus denim looks from the era. This included iconic gold Baroque lion head belt repeats and hypnotic fractal prints in monochrome and electric blue on matching jean and jacket sets. A healthy dose of glossy PVC’s and zebra patterns reinforced the unisex notion. The designer told WWD, “Unisex is the most modern thing that a lot of people do not touch on. The whole collection has to feel jarred. I think there’s a sharpness of the bridging of the [male and female]. When something is ugly and wrong, I feel that it’s right. You’re not used to it.”
As expected, the launch event in New York’s Lexington Avenue Amory included a celebrity packed guest list with Chloe Noorgaard, Harley Viera Newton, Mena Suvari, Heidi Klum and Paloma Faith — complete with performances by Angel Haze, Grimes and Dead Sara.
The collection is available online only at versusversace.com with prices from £140. Read more on the night over at Vogue where they have a full review with full runway images and red carpet images from the night.
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