Although a typical protégé/mentor relationship relies on the mentor to conduct her pupil responsibly toward a skill, it occasionally arises that the protégé will inspire the mentor. In the case of the Versus Versace collaboration between Donatella Versace and her young co-designer Anthony Vaccarello, this atypical scenario applies.
Imagine Vaccarello as an impressionable young child witnessing the power of a Versace collection for the first time. His early exposure to the brand would prove later on to be an influence on his own designs and perhaps even a catalyst for entering the fashion world to begin with. When Vaccarello was approached by Versace to co-design Versus Versace, the airwaves must have pulsed with the energy of perfect kismet. Vaccarello’s aesthetic is very much shaped in the Versace image, but he brings a fresh, youthful sexuality to his clothes that Versace capitalized on. Spring/Summer 2015 for Versus Versace proved to be something of a revival moment for the brand, due in large part to the natural, organic working relationship that Donatella had developed with Vaccarello.
Speaking of revival moments, one in particular was quite literal, as Vaccarello chose to bring back the notorious safety-pin dress that Elizabeth Hurley had made famous (or should we say infamous?) on the red carpet twenty years ago. This time around, the iconic dress was revamped with a sleeker fit and shorter hemlines. Beyond the new safety pin dress lay dozens of serene, monochrome looks touched with hints of gold. Some were masculine in nature, like Versus Versace’s blazers worn over mini dresses, while others were edgy and dangerous, like their perforated blouses, studded trousers, and leather mini dresses. Although Donatella tends to court a new young designer every season to collaborate with her on Versus Versace, we think she’s found her ideal match. What would this brand look like with Anthony Vaccarello at the permanent helm? Incredible, by the looks of things.
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