MILAN —As part of its new strategy for Versus, Gianni Versace SpA has tapped London-based Jonathan William Anderson to design a capsule collection for the younger brand, which will be unveiled with a presentation event planned for next spring in New York. Anderson, who goes by J.W. Anderson, won the Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear at the 2012 British Fashion Awards earlier this week.
The Versus collection designed by Anderson will comprise both women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories and be sold online at versus.it and at top department and specialty stores worldwide.
“I keep a close eye on young talent, and have been impressed by Jonathan’s work over the last couple of years,” said Donatella Versace. “Versus is all about fun, change and digital. I can’t wait to present this collaboration!”
The Milan-based firm is repositioning Versus as a season-less line with a strong digital element that will be designed by Donatella Versace in collaboration with a number of young designers, stylists and creative talents. Anderson is the first of the series.
Speaking of the forthcoming capsule, Anderson said he was particularly inspired by a campaign image shot by Bruce Weber in 1996 featuring Stella Tennant in a sleeveless cowboy shirt and tie and white jeans, standing next to a shirtless male model.
“For me, this iconic image says it all, that’s how I see Versus,” Anderson said. “It’s all about the relationship between a boy and a girl, a girl and a girl, a boy and a boy. Purity.”
Together they will develop capsule collections, co-branding projects and limited editions under the Versus moniker.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast