Do you remember where you were when you heard that terrible Gianni Versace news? (For those too young to recall a time Donatella didn’t rule her family’s luxury design house, here’s a recap: on 15 July 1997, her older brother and mentor, one of the most influential fashion designers in history, was shot by a stranger on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion after returning from a morning walk. The world wept.)

Exactly two decades on, the planet’s most prestigious luxury vintage store, William Vintage, has teamed with global e-tailer Farfetch to commemorate the anniversary in an ideal way, by giving fans dibs on clothing designed by Gianni himself.

From October 10, more than 500 archived items created over the 20 years of Versace’s career – from his early designs in 1977 to his final supermodel-draped Autumn/Winter 1997 collection – will be unveiled on Farfetch, as well as the William Vintage online store and London flagship, which boasts a star-studded roster of customers including Amal Clooney, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham.

These pieces, which include rare and recognisable gems from iconic ranges like the Andy Warhol-inspired Pop 1991, Bondage AW92 and Punk Spring/Summer 94 collections, will go to the swiftest shopper. Set your calendar alert now.

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE GRAZIA SPRING/SUMMER 2017 PRINT EDITION.

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