J.W. Anderson’s recent collaboration with the 'high priestess' of Milan fashion Donatella Versace seems to have hit the spot for the fashion critics. Vogue.co.uk instantly labelled it a 'triumph' and Style.com's Maya Singer praise the capsule for its innovative take on the nineties, 'rave night at the sanatorium'. Cathy Horyn (of the New York Times) noted that Anderson 'has done such a good job distilling the flavor of Versus, you won’t feel you’ve missed a thing'.
Previewing at a party-show in New York where the likes of Grimes performed, the Irish-born designer’s debut collection for Versus - sister line to the more mature Versace – revealed how a young London designer (as was his Versus predecessor Christopher Kane) could invigorate a label with a particularly opulent aesthetic; the collection was also naturally unisex.
According to Anderson, it was Donatella Versace who pushed him to make his clothes sexier and more womanly. Versace on another hand credited the young designer with being very loyal to the codes of the house. She even likened J.W. Anderson to her late brother Gianni, Versace’s progenitor. High praise all-round for fashion's blossoming designer indeed.