Donatella Versace unveiled Versace’s newest store yesterday—a 1,785-square foot SoHo outpost on Mercer Street designed by architect JamieFobert that’s part old-world Versace roots (seen in a 9th-century-inspired mosaic floor that references Gianni) and full-on Nouveau Versace opulence with curving plexiglass walls and bronze accents. The store offers a selection of the ready-to-wear pieces along with a more downtown (and affordable) rotating roster of collaborations. First up is Versus designer Christopher Kane offering a line of tees with iconic Versace archive images, golden earphones with the Medusa logo, and—perfect for the holidays—a board game that’s a Versace-ized riff on snakes and ladders (Medusa heads and all).
From left: Christopher Kane collaboration headphones and t-shirts
And while the charming Versace (who joked with the group that she stays young by “sleeping in the freezer”) wouldn’t give any details on future in-store collaborations, she did share that she has a new project in mind: “I want to sing,” she said with a smile. “I want to start a band. Or to rap. I’m not joking. I’m not crazy.”
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