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Jonathan Anderson Opens Up About Working With Donatella Versace

Jun 3 2013 - 9:06am

Jonathan Anderson says he's "super proud" of the capsule collection he created for Versus — and that he loved the chance to collaborate with Donatella Versace [1].

"I adore her," he told Vogue UK [2]. "I thought what we did took Versus back to where it should be. It was an amazing collaboration and a good balance for both of us."

Asked whether he'd ever work with another designer, Anderson said, "No. Donatella is really the only exception. She's exceptional and takes risks."

To celebrate the launch of the collection in May, Anderson and Versace filled New York City's Lexington Avenue Armory with everyone from industry insiders like Leigh Lezark, Eniko Mihalik, and Harriet Mays Powell, but she also drew stars like Heidi Klum [3], Darren Criss, and Taylor Momsen [4]. A look inside the party and all the capsule collection, here in the gallery.

Before the show started, all the guests assembled around a massive black box in the middle of the room. When illuminated, the box was revealed to be a backstage area enclosed by translucent panels of plastic. From there, models walked down runways on either side of the space before performances by musicians Angel Haze, Dead Sara, and Grimes.

And while no one walked away with pieces from the collection, guests did get a special treat at the end of the party: a parcel of differently flavored doughnut holes served as the goody bag.

Photo courtesy of Versace

A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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A look from the JW Anderson for Versus collection.

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Donatella Versace [5] and Jonathan Anderson at the launch party for their Versus collaboration.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [6]

A handbag carousel, which was driven around by a model on a bicycle, at the JW Anderson for Versus Versace [7] launch party.

Source: Matteo [8] Prandoni/BFAnyc.com [9]

Angel Haze performed at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [10]

Dead Sara performed at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [11]

Grimes performed at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [12]

Taylor Momsen [13] at the JW Anderson for Versus Launch Party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [14]

Heidi Klum [15] at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [16]

Christian Siriano and Mena Suvari at the JW Anderson for Versus Launch Party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [17]

Harley Viera-Newton and Leigh Lezark at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [18]

Joe Jonas [19] and Blanda Eggenschwiler at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [20]

Amy Astley, Anne Christensen, and Nicole Phelps at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [21]

Eniko Mihalik at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [22]

Darren Criss at the JW Anderson for Versus Launch Party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [23]

Hannah Bronfman at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Matteo [24] Prandoni/BFAnyc.com [25]

Jenne Lombardo at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Matteo [26] Prandoni/BFAnyc.com [27]

Kiara Kabukuru and Edward Enninful at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [28]

Hanne Gaby Odiele at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [29]

Kate Foley at the JW Anderson for Versus launch party.

Source: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com [30]

JW Anderson For Versus

A 1996 Versace [31] ad campaign photographed by Bruce Weber that inspired Jonathan Anderson's Versus collaboration.

Photo courtesy of Versace.


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