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Anthony Vaccarello Named Creative Director of Versus Versace

The world just didn't have enough sexy black dresses.
Anthony Vaccarello and Donatella Versace. Photo: Versace

Anthony Vaccarello and Donatella Versace. Photo: Versace

Today in things that make sense: Donatella Versace has named Anthony Vaccarello creative director of Versace's sister line, Versus.

Vaccarello, a Paris-based designer who designed a capsule collection for Versus last fall, will be the label's first permanent creative director since Christopher Kane left in 2012. Since then, J.W. Anderson and M.I.A. have also designer capsule collections for the label, but clearly, Vaccarello was too perfect a match to let go.

Going forward, he'll be responsible for the label's menswear and womenswear collections, starting with a fall 2015 collection that you won't see until fall 0f 2015 -- Versus will continue to unveil collections at the same time that they're available to purchase.

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Vaccarello is one of Paris's younger emerging talents and has made a name for himself with skimpy, provocative clothes that carefully remain on the right side of the line between sexy and vulgar. Needless to say, when he got together with Donatella Versace, another proponent of unabashed glamour and sex appeal, it was a match made in heaven. "I’ve followed Anthony’s work from his very first collection, as soon as I met him I realized immediately he was the one, he gets it, his talent screams Versus Versace," said Versace in a statement. According to a release, their initial collaboration was "highly successful."

The news also comes during an important period of growth for Versace, which took a minority investment from Blackstone last spring, and plans to stage an IPO in the next few years. At the time, Versace said it planned to use the cash to further develop its portfolio of brands, including Versus.