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Brief Published: 16 May 2013

J.W. Anderson for Versus


Breakthrough British designer J.W. Anderson debuted his capsule collection for Italian label Versace’s younger diffusion line Versus in New York last night to a host of rave reviews. Anderson takes up the reigns after Scottish designer Christopher Kane stepped down as creative director of the label in November 2012. 

The collaboration between the London-based directional designer Anderson and Donatella Versace – typically known for her Italian breed of vibrant sexiness – was an unlikely one, but the duo proved to be a successful mix. The collection included both men’s and womenswear and drew on the clinical aspect of Anderson’s eponymous Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collections, as well as classic 90s Versace detailing like safety pins, animal print and body-con silhouettes.

Neon brights, cutaway details and lace inserts felt thoroughly Versus in their DNA, while the androgynous menswear and cool, youthful attitude that underpinned the entire collection was immediately identifiable as Anderson’s handiwork.

The collection was celebrated with a catwalk show and party in New York, with performances from American singer-songwriter Maxwell, Canadian singer and producer Grimes and US rapper Angel Haze. Guests in attendance included DJ Harley Viera Newton, model Chloe Noorgaard, supermodel Heidi Klum and British singer Paloma Faith.