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Resurrecting Versace

Made over at the hands of J.W. Anderson, the new Versus collection shows us what we’ve been missing. A cocktail of kaleidoscopic colours, prints, leather studs and mesh, Versace’s sister line resurrects the Versace we know and love – with a definitive gearing towards the youth of today. Filling the shoes of Christopher Kane, Anderson is the first creative to control the design of the menswear, womenswear and accessories collections since the brand’s re-launch in 2009. Being trusted to revamp a collection like Versus is a hefty responsibility for a young Irish designer like Anderson, but Donatella Versace spotted his potential early on, likening Anderson to her brother, Gianni. But was the latest collection all that Anderson is built up to be?

The range mixes nineties streetwear and rockabilly influences, while sticking to its signature bold print approach with ornate gold motifs and multi-coloured geometric patterns on sportswear, casual pieces, outerwear and denim. Fabrics include mesh, denim, studded leather and high shine materials, with punk-inspired accents such as ripped denim, branded knee patches and contrasting zip leg details. The label’s classic golden lion head motif appears across looks, printed on t-shirts, trousers and jackets. Meanwhile, vests, hooded sweatshirts and basketball shorts are heavily branded in a variety of typographic prints. White, reflective gold and patterned trainers finish the looks, alongside white ankle socks and gold linked chain jewellery.

Whilst Versus has struggled to stay relevant in the last decade, it seems that Versace has clawed its way back to the winning line. With Anderson’s rebellious design spirit and pieces not dissimilar to the sell-out Versace x H&M collection, the future of Versus looks very promising.