No one does sexy like Anthony Vaccarrello, and seeing his signature high slits, slight halters and belted micro-clothes incorporated with Versace's powerful imagery was edge-of-your-seat, no, stand-up-from-your-seat potent. His first collection for Versus evidenced his natural symbiosis with the house – sometimes designers take the helm and need a transition season to feel out what they can do. Vaccarrello's vision was focused, alluring and still familiarly Versus. But maybe we should have known – an alliterative, sharp combination of names like Vacarello for Versus Versace suggests (and sounds like) it can power up sexy like a chain saw VVV...VVV...VVV...
Anja Rubik is still Vaccarello's muse of choice (or is it a choice? Perhaps for them it's like love: you just know) stateside at Versus Versace. She walked in and closed the show. Check them out in conversation here.
Hall of mirrors:
The set for Versus was full of mirrored pillars and walls lining an Art Deco patterned runway. The repetition of looks in the mirrors recalled 1920s excess – more, more, more! A fitting urgency given that the whole collection was available to shop right after the show. With Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson in the audience, we were glad to be able to see their faces in the mirror as they watched. Desire.