It will debut later this month in Cannes.
Dua Lipa has long been a Versace muse. She opened and closed the spring 2022 show in Milan, was the face of the winter 2021 campaign, and is often photographed at Donatella’s side, in glassy iridescent Versace dresses and square-toed platform pumps. Now, the two of them have taken their partnership one step further by co-designing a Versace collection that will debut in Cannes later this month.
The pair announced the collection on Instagram with a black and white photo. Donatella is in her signature oversized aviator sunglasses, and Dua Lipa’s back is towards the camera, exposing the thong-shaped cut-out of her backless gown, held together with a large gold Versace embellishment. The caption reads, “We are excited to announce the Versace ‘La Vacanza’ women’s collection, which we have co-designed. We will be showing the collection on Tuesday 23rd May in Cannes, France. We cannot wait to show you what we have created!” (In case the South of France location didn’t tip you off, La Vacanza is Italian for “the vacation.”)
In a statement following the announcement, Donatella Versace says, “I have always been inspired by a collaborative design process. Working with Dua on this collection has been very exciting and I love the dynamic between us. Dua is strong, fearless, and free and her creative vision is exceptional. Summer is a magical time. We will capture this feeling and the colors of that time of the year with a truly special and intimate fashion show in Cannes.”
In the same statement, Lipa speaks of their long-standing friendship and working relationship, “I am absolutely thrilled to have co-designed the women’s ‘La Vacanza’ collection for Versace with Donatella. She and I have formed such a strong bond over the years, and I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received from her and the whole team since the very beginning of my career. For her to give me the honor of co-designing this collection and letting all my summer inspirations go wild has been a dream. I am so very proud of this collection and cannot wait to debut it in Cannes.”
The Versace “La Vacanza” fashion show will happen on May 23rd in Cannes, France, while the Cannes Film Festival is taking place. Immediately following the show, the collection will be available to shop in-store and online on Versace.com. This marks the Grammy-winning singer’s first foray into design, and if her wardrobe is any indication of what the pieces will look like, there will surely be plenty of metallics, sequins, and barely-there backless dresses—all crafted with the seductive spirit that’s a signature of Versace.