On Wednesday May 15th, Versace threw a big, old-fashioned fashion party to celebrate the newest offerings from Versus, its sister line.
On show was the capsule collection, designed by English up-and-comer J.W. Anderson. This was, however, not your typical ‘look at clothes and grab a glass of champagne’ showing. The emphasis was on the spirit and history of Versus and Versace, both in the clothes and the ‘fashion party’ atmosphere.
Guests were treated to mini concerts from Angel Haze, Dead Sara and Grimes, not to mention flashbacks to early 2000s runway music courtesy of a DJ set by Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano.
Shown in the middle of the room in a glass cube doubling as a faux backstage that led to runways on opposite sides of the enormous space, J.W. Anderson’s Versus was a throwback to the Versus of years past. The clothes were sexy and short, both for boys and girls, and were everything that clothes that make you want to go clubbing and feel young should be.
Better still was that Anderson managed to infuse his modern aesthetic perfectly with the famous silhouettes, prints and greatest hits of the oft-revived line. What was most refreshing about his take on Versus is that this incarnation really does feel and look like it’s for a younger, cooler set.
The musical performances and artists perfectly mixed into what the line is pushing – that being that there is something for everyone, no matter what your tastes, as long as you are ready to party.
Dead Sara’s rock‘n’roll, Angel Haze’s hip-hop and Grimes’ take on ethereal pop brought to the table and atmosphere varying interpretations of the attitude that has become the connecting thread that ties the house together – just keep dancing and looking cool, there’s something more for you just around the corner!
For what the artists had to say about their love of Versus and house goddess Donatella Versace, as well as full coverage of the collection and party, pick up the latest issue of Clash.
Words: Martin Cohn