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Kane Drops Out of Versus in Major Shake-up

Godfrey Deeny
November 20th, 2012 @ 10:14 AM - Paris

Christopher Kane has left his post at Versus, heightening speculation that the Scottish designer may be about to depart a position in Milan for one in Paris.

The house of Versace announced that Kane was leaving Versus, its junior collection, bringing to an end the youthful designer’s three-year collaboration with the Milan house. The news came 48 hours after a report in French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur that Kane would replace the departed Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga went viral. A spokesperson for Kane subsequently denied that the story was true, at least for now.

Kane debuted at Versus back in September 2009, with a spring 2010 collection that reinvented for juniors the famed “safety pin” dress that launched Elizabeth Hurley's career as a global celebrity back in 1994.

Calling the exit of Kane a “the strategic repositioning of the Versus brand,” Versace said that he would be replaced by a team of “creative young talent” working directly with Donatella Versace.

The Medusa-head maison also stressed that Versace would focus more on digital efforts and would operate “a non-seasonal” approach to sale and distribution.

“Under Donatella Versace’s creative leadership, there will be collaborations with young designers, stylists, and creatives from different walks of life, to develop capsule collections, co-branding projects, limited editions. This pool of young creative talents will replace the collaboration with Christopher Kane who will focus on the development of his own line,” the house said in a release on Monday evening, November 20.

The house added that the next collections will be introduced “via presentation-events,” and would not, “necessarily coincide with the traditional catwalk format during fashion weeks.”

The first look at post-Kane Versus fashion will come in New York in late March or early April in 2013.

“This is a very exciting development for Versus, and I am thrilled to be engaged in such a major shake-up of the fashion world’s rules,” Donatella Versace commented in the same release.

“I want to thank Christopher for his contribution to Versus over six seasons, during which I have been able to appreciate his extraordinary talent. Working with young talented people, and seeing them grow and develop as I have seen Christopher do over these years, is one of the most rewarding parts of my work. I wish him all the best for the development of his own line. He will always have my total support,” she stressed.

Added Versace CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris: “We are ahead of plans with the Versace brand and this is the perfect time for a new project with Versus, which has traditionally been the lab for experimenting. Digital is changing our world, and we want to be the first to seize the opportunities.”

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