This week, the fashion world has reflected.
Monday the 15th marked the anniversary of the untimely death of creative maestro, Gianni Versace. Twenty two years on, his legacy remains constant - the man whose infamous designs kickstarted many careers, from Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer to Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and, of course, Liz Hurley in 'that' dress.
Gianni's celebration of the female form and the designs that adorn them was unparalleled.
And while Constance is currently in his home country on a sourcing trip, we thought it was a fitting time to pay tribute to the Italian designer's acclaimed work, via a glimpse at one of our favourite history books - a tome
penned by the man himself.
Read on to see why his unapologetically flamboyant, sexy, statement style has had such a prolific influence on us over the years, with a glimpse of some recent acquisitions we can't wait to share with you soon...
Versace Signatures, by Gianni Versace and Omar Calabrese, available here.
A young Helena Christensen in a completely embroidered 'Cameo' short jacket and matching metal belt, from the Autumn/Winter 1991-1992 collection (photo by Herb Ritts); A silk tulle embroidered top in strass and bugle beads, from the Spring/Summer 1990 collection (photo by Bruce Webber).
Kimono-style dress in silk crepe with beaded brassiere, from the Atelier 1990-91 collection (photo by Tyen); Necklace in metal with marine motifs, from the Spring/Summer 1992 collection (photo by Irving Penn).
The one and only Naomi Campbell in pearl encrusted bodysuit, from the Autumn/Winter 1990-1991 collection; The original bombshell, Claudia Schiffer in a black, wool-creme and velvet dress, from the Autumn/Winter 1991-92 collection (photo by Herb Ritts).
A baby faced Christy Turlington in a silk velvet evening gown, from the Autumn/Winter 1988-89 collection (photo by Wayne Maser); Leather and gold medusa bag, from the Autumn/Winter 1992-93 collection (photo by Irving Penn).
Our Vintage Reign Earrings resting atop a collection of scarves, from countless seasons; Christy in an asymmetrical tulle skirt, a studded, embroidered brassiere and Greek Key motif choker necklace, from the Atelier Spring/Summer 1992 collection (photo by Patrick Demarchelier).
Leather and gold accessories, from the Spring/Summer 1992 and Autumn/Winter 1992-93 collections (photo by Irving Penn); A costume for Java Forever (photo by Massimo Listri).
Naomi in the iconic satin strip bodice dress, from the Atelier Spring/Summer 1992 collection (photo by Patrick Demarchelier); Gianni with Naomi and Carla Bruni, also in 1992.
We highly recommend buying the book, as these pages just scratch the surface.
And, as promised, a little sneak peek of some L&O vintage gems to come, direct from the source.Contact us
for more information if you can't wait x
Versace Medusa Necklace, $POA, Patent Leather Purse, circa 1980s (coming soon), Donatella Earrings (sold).