Last month, in a touching tribute seen around the world, Donatella Versace honored (and celebrated) the legendary life of her brother, Gianni Versace, by creating a collection that nodded back to some of his most iconic pieces. And now, in another homage to the late designer’s life and work, Farfetch has partnered with William Vintage, a London-based luxury boutique, to sell 500 original Gianni Versace pieces.
The designs in this collection, which is said to be the largest ever offered for sale (when The Met honored Gianni, the exhibit displayed 187 designs), span a total of 20 years, from his earliest work in 1977 to his final show in 1997. Included in the launch are dresses and tops from his 1992 bondage collection, and jackets and skirts from his Andy Warhol–inspired 1991 Pop collection, plus much more from his most iconic shows.
“There are so many superb discoveries within the collection,” William Banks-Blaney, the founder of William Vintage, tells Who What Wear, adding that it has been “built up over the years from stylists, models, devoted wearers of Versace and private collections.” But according to Banks-Blaney, the most sought-after Versace pieces include the quilted leather coat with fox-fur trim from the “bondage" collection, the Warhol Marylin suit ensemble, and the Baroque cocktail dress (naturally, they already sold).
When asked about some of his favorites in this 500-piece collection (a tough question, we know), Banks-Blaney cited the iconic silk shirts and the fabled harness dresses from 1992 (which is still available) among his top picks. And of course, we had to tap Banks-Blaney and Candice Fragis, buying and merchandising director from Farfetch, for their dos and don'ts when vintage shopping online.
"I believe that the best purchase you can make is one you are completely emotional about," shared Fragis. "That way you will always love it! Seeing some of the styles William Banks-Blaney has found immediately tapped into my nostalgia!"
Banks-Blaney had a similar message, saying that above all else, you should buy something because you love it. And of course, it's important to "focus on condition and on pieces that are intrinsically representative of their designer… they will always be coveted items."
The pieces can only be purchased via Farfetch, the William Vintage website, and at the William Vintage flagship store in Marylebone. But you better hurry—everything is selling very quickly.
Even though the three most coveted pieces have already been sold, there are hundreds more to choose from. Keep reading to shop a few of our favorites from Gianni Versace’s iconic collections.
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