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Christopher Kane parts ways with Versace

Christopher Kane will no longer design for Versace’s diffusion line Versus as the company looks to reposition the brand.

The Scottish designer has worked with the Italian brand since 2009 but Versace now wants to reposition the label as a seasonless collection.

The range will be designed by Donatella Versace in collaboration with young designers and stylists who are yet to be named.

The first collection under this new design partnership will be unveiled at an event in New York next March or April.

Versace said: “This is a very exciting development for Versus, and I’m thrilled to be engaged in such a major shake-up of the fashion world’s rules.”

She added: “I want to thank Christopher for his contribution to Versus over six seasons, during which I have been able to appreciate his extraordinary talent.

“Working with young talented people, and see them grow and develop as I have seen Christopher do over these years, is one of the most rewarding parts of my work. I wish him all the best for the development of his own line. He will always have my total support.”

This latest announcement follows on from speculation about Kane becoming Balenciaga’s new creative director, a rumour which Kane has denied.

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