When the Spring 2018 Versace collection hit the runway this September, people went wild — not only for the major supermodel reunion moment, but also for the reappearance of some of the brand's most iconic prints and pieces. It was Donatella Versace's tribute to her late brother Gianni, who passed just over 20 years ago.
But if fans of the brand can't wait an entire six months to get their hands on the new pieces, there's another option hitting the internet on Tuesday. Retailer Farfetch is partnering with London-based boutique William Vintage to bring over 500 pieces of vintage Versace to the web. The partnership came from a chance meeting, and Farfetch, which already carries a selection of vintage, was excited to launch with William Vintage's Versace collection.
"As a business, we want to celebrate the best curators (boutiques) and creators (brands) of luxury fashion from all over the world," says Candice Fragis, buyer and merchandising director for Farfetch. "We already have a fantastic vintage offer and only work with the best specialists in the business, and in London, William Vintage is the most prolific."
The pieces, which William Vintage founder William Banks Blaney has collected over the past two decades, span from some of Gianni's first collections in 1977 to his final Fall 1997 show. It includes everything from a Medusa-studded leather jacket and a plaid and animal-printed skirt to a chain belt and boldly printed scarves.
"Gianni was always about pure, unadulterated joy and there was so much romance and happiness within his work," says Blaney via email. "That's something that has never been as relevant as right now and his use of color, embellishment and his widely diverse inspirations shaped nearly every designer."
The whole collection is available to shop now, though the steep prices reflect the collectibility of the pieces. Still, if you're looking to snap up some of Gianni's greatest hits, this is the place to do it. Maybe the sticker shock will be easier to swallow knowing that they'll be very on-trend come spring.