Versus Versace

May 17, 2013 by  
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This was not a typical fashion show. Versus effectively relaunched itself tonight, and in spectacular style: Donatella Versace threw a proper soiree, live-streamed to the Internet masses, with catwalking interspersed with live performances by the likes of Angel Haze and Grimes. And the clothes? They could be purchased online, to be delivered pretty much straight off the runway. The future of fashion has arrived, in other words. And it is black and white and vinyl.

Versace chose to show only a small group of the Versus “core” collection tonight; the emphasis was on zebra-striped club-kid looks in vinyl, for both girls and boys, and pieces that deployed signature Versus hardware, such as oversize safety pins. Online shoppers, meanwhile, would find the runway collection elaborated by studded leathers, op-art-patterned jeans, and pieces in a bold belt print, one of which was modeled by Haze during her performance. Shoppers would also find that the prices of these items were relatively non-shocking—a belt-print tee, for instance, retailed for $ 195.

As fashion goes, these clothes weren’t life-changing. It was easy to imagine various of the women’s pieces being go-tos for girls’ nights out on the town, which was entirely the point; the menswear, on the other hand, would appeal to a more daring customer. But that guy exists. All in all, this collection, and the hoopla surrounding it, seemed very tapped in to the Versus DNA; back in the nineties, Donatella Versace launched Versus as the younger, clubbier sister brand of Versace, and that spirit was resurrected here.
—Maya Singer
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Versus Versace J.W. Anderson Collection

May 16, 2013 by  
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When it was announced a few months ago that Jonathan Anderson would be designing a capsule collection for Versus, the natural reaction was befuddlement. It was hard to imagine two brands with more opposed aesthetics: Whereas Donatella Versace’s Versus signature was exuberantly sexy, where’s-the-party-at clothes, J.W. Anderson traffics in a look that’s sculptural, irony-laced, and cool, as in cold. Anderson is also, and not incidentally, a big believer in androgynous clothes. Suffice it to say, that’s never been Donatella’s shtick.

And thus it was a genuine surprise, at tonight’s extravaganza launching the collab, which featured performances by Maxwell, Grimes, and the rapper Angel Haze, to see how much these brands had to say to each other. Speaking backstage before the event, Versace and Anderson talked of their work together as an ongoing dialogue; Anderson, for his part, pointed out that Versace pushed him to create sexier, more womanly shapes, while Versace noted that Anderson was very “loyal” to the Versus codes. That made the dialogue sound rather one-sided. But on the runway, Anderson’s point of view somewhat carried the day. People familiar with his oeuvre had no trouble spotting Anderson in the very cool trousers with slashed, peekaboo waistbands, or in the band fastening of an asymmetrical blazer, or in the bright, apron-style knits shown with or without accenting sprays of black lace. The fact that all the aforementioned pieces were shown for both men and women, without much adaptation, was also irreducibly Andersonian.

The vibe, though, felt very Versus. Anderson’s connection to the brand’s nineties-ness is genuine, and his reinterpretation felt very grounded in the attitude of that era. He also seemed to have tapped in to his inner club kid: If Anderson’s own Fall ’13 collection had a medicated air, these clothes conjured a different kind of pilled-up aura. Rave night at the sanatorium, what an idea.

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—Maya Singer
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Versus

September 21, 2012 by  
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Our review will be posted shortly. See the complete collection by clicking the image at left.

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