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6 May

EXCLUSIVE: Donatella Versace, Dua Lipa Codesign Collection, Plan Show

MILAN — Donatella Versace shouldn’t be latest to collaborating with young and more established designers alike, from Christopher Kane to Kim Jones, but this time she is partnering with a mega-pop star, Dua Lipa, on a fashion collection.

Versace and the award-winning singer and songwriter have designed a see now, buy now women’s collection that shall be unveiled in Cannes, dubbed “La Vacanza” and just in time for the upcoming summer holidays.

The lineup shall be presented via a fashion show on May 23. Although not a part of the official Cannes Film Festival calendar of events, running May 16 to 27, the show will happen concurrently within the French resort town. The precise location continues to be under wraps.

“I even have at all times been inspired by a collaborative design process. Working with Dua on this collection has been very exciting and I like the dynamic between us,” said Versace, chief creative officer of the Italian luxury brand. “Dua is robust, fearless and free and her creative vision is outstanding.  Summer is a magical time. We are going to capture this feeling and the colours of that point of the 12 months with a really special and intimate fashion show in Cannes.”

The La Vacanza collection shall be available in store and online on Versace.com immediately following the show.  

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have codesigned the ladies’s La Vacanza collection for Versace with Donatella,” said Lipa. “She and I even have formed such a robust bond over time, and I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received from her and the entire team for the reason that very starting of my profession. For her to provide me the respect of codesigning this collection and letting all my summer inspirations go wild has been a dream. I’m so very happy with this collection and can’t wait to debut it in Cannes.”

To ensure, Lipa and Versace go a great distance.

Most recently, she attended the Versace fall 2023 fashion show held at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood last March.

In September 2021, the singer opened and closed the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week, strutting in two different outfits. The show also featured a lot of Lipa’s hit songs, including “Physical,” which played each times she walked down the runway.

Lipa joined Versace for her final bow at the top, cementing herself as considered one of the designer’s muses. This marked Lipa’s first time walking in a fashion show.

Versace and Lipa have collaborated on quite a few occasions, with the British singer fronting the label’s fall 2021 campaign — her hair dyed a fiery red for the occasion, and lensed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Versace first met Lipa on the Versus show in London in 2017 and the singer has subsequently worn the brand on several pivotal occasions.

She wore three outfits designed by Versace on the 2021 Grammy Awards, where her album “Future Nostalgia” earned six nominations, including for Album of the Yr, Record of the Yr and Song of the Yr. Lipa walked away with the award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

In April last 12 months, Lipa continued her streak of daring, fashion-forward red carpet outfits on the 2022 Grammy Awards.

The singer walked the red carpet in a vintage black leather dress by Versace, which was the enduring bondage dress from the label’s 1992 fall ready-to-wear collection. On that occasion she styled her hair — which she seemingly dyed light blond from her usual raven black — straight, channeling her inner Donatella. She ended up taking home the award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

In a previous interview with WWD, Versace said she was attracted by Lipa’s attitude toward life. “She hasn’t had it easy, she has fought for what she believed in and for what she has achieved.”

Strong women have at all times been an inspiration for Versace and he or she likes to design for them. In truth, she recalled how impressed she was by Lipa’s decision to perform on the 2018 Brit Awards wearing a swimsuit and a denim jacket embellished by Versace’s Trésor de la Mer print.

In 2019, Lipa was a guest of Versace on the Met Gala.

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