Confession: In my junior year of high school, I got a job working the retail floor at Versace. This meant 8+ hours standing in heels on a white marble floor, desperately trying to master a handful of mysterious, unpronounceable Japanese terms (I went to school in Honolulu, Hawaii, and therefore had a constant influx of Japanese tourist customers), a 50% employee discount, and a short-lived but fun affair with a cute male co-worker. I was unceremoniously “let go” three months later (for no reasons pertaining to said inter-store affair). Apparently, I just wasn’t that good at selling clothes. Sigh.
Anyway, despite my being fired, I still have fond memories and attachments to that job and to the Versace brand as a whole. Everytime Donatella Versace shows a runway collection, I’m right there browsing the morning-after pictures, silently cheering her on. That’s why I was so happy to see the new prints that Julie Verhoeven has designed for the iconic label. Verhoeven has already developed a cult following for the fanciful fashion illustrations she’s done for a line of Louis Vuitton limited-edition bags and the capsule collections she’s done for Mulberry. Her reworkings of the classic Versace medusa icon don’t disappoint–they’re colorful, quirky, humorous, and beautiful. In short, they add a much-needed touch of artsy modernity to the Versace name.
I bet my ex-store-manager (hi Patrick!) is super proud.