London FASHION week

Versus Versace rocks in leather and leopard print on London debut

Sexy black leather rock ’n’ roll tailoring, printed denim and big silver medallions bore all the hallmarks of the Versace brand

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 September, 2015, 6:10pm
UPDATED : Monday, 21 September, 2015, 6:10pm

In the blink of an eye, the fashion world's focus has shifted from New York to London, and a new venue for London Fashion Week in the heart of Soho.

There was a new name, too, that grabbed headlines as the parade of fashion shows began. Wanting to capture the city’s buzz and atmosphere, Donatella Versace  has moved her cool, clubby line Versus, designed by Anthony Vaccarello,  from Milan to London.

To the sound of clashing metal from a live rock band, the Italian-Belgian Vaccarello – known for his body-conscious style – presented a slick, glamorous collection of his and hers looks. Sexy black leather rock ’n’ roll tailoring, printed denim and big silver medallions bore all the hallmarks of the Versace brand, but Versus has a younger vision.

The clothes, which were virtually interchangeable between the guys and girls, featured graphic monochromatic leopard prints and a dark medieval floral pattern that was tailored into funky shorts suits and blousons. There were also plenty of wispy scarf-bras worn with skintight leather pants that seemed to capture the edginess of the London club scene, but with a dash of Italian braggadocio.