Sure profits may be declining at Hermes and J. Crew, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t promising launches and expansions in the works. While my days of Versace obsession are long gone, the house has been showing signs of promise lately. Come late September, we will get to see what the house has in the works for their Versus label when Versace launches the diffusion line’s first ready to wear collection. Given that the re-launch has been helmed by Christopher Kane (started in 1989, Versus closed shop in 2005), who showed a capsule collection of accessories in February, Versus will surely be one of this upcoming Milan Fashion Week’s most highly anticipated presentations.
Stella McCartney is similarly expanding for the spring. The designer will be launching a new eyewear collection in collaboration with the Milan-based eyewear manufacturer Luxottica Group (they also license eyewear for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Prada). From the sound of it, McCartney’s eyewear collection will consist of edgy Ray Ban-style pieces – “a combination of practical, everyday aviator and wayfarer styles mixed with statement pieces and attention-grabbing frames” – retailing between $180 and $250.
McCartney has previously designed eyewear when she was the creative director at Chloé and with Safilo Group for five years for her namesake line.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.