Versace’s move of bringing on a guest designer each season for its Versus line was a smart one. Not only does the brand get extra buzz when each collection debuts, but there’s also a ton of public speculation that precedes each one. Case in point: Media outlets, including this one, reported the rumors that Anthony Vaccarello would be designing a capsule collection for Versus even before M.I.A.’s collaboration was confirmed (which bowed in October).
And at last, Versace has finally put an end to the guessing game. The 31-year-old Paris-based designer — known for his thigh-high slits and fearless, bold sex appeal– is set to debut a collection of ready-to-wear and accessories at a special event, the details of which will be announced next year. He follows up JW Anderson as the second legitimate designer to create a collection for the restructured Versus Versace. Like Anderson’s and M.I.A.’s, it will become available online at the same time that it’s unveiled.
“I am so excited to be collaborating with Donatella on this collection for Versus Versace,” Vaccarello said in a release. “Versace is a house that has always used extraordinary techniques to create its bold, contemporary fashion. I feel like we share a similar spirit, so for me it is a dream collaboration.”
Indeed, Vaccarello and Versace share an affinity for glamor and sex appeal. Unsurprisingly, Vaccarello tells Vogue he’s idolized Versace for as long as he could remember. And his Spring 2014 collection felt like it embodied that shared spirit more than any other.
“Anthony’s clothes have everything that I love: they are sensual, dynamic, daring,” said Donatella Versace. “He is a natural, and has the confidence and talent to push fashion where he wants it and where it is relevant for today’s women. I can’t wait to collaborate with him, and to see Versus Versace through his eyes.”
We’re honestly a little unsure of our ability to handle the level of sexiness that will undoubtedly result from these two working together.