Two days after it was announced that Anthony Vaccarello would be taking the creative reigns at Saint Laurent, Donatella Versace has spoken out about the designer's exit at Versus Versace. "While I'm sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish Anthony Vaccarello tremendous success with his next chapter." Versace confirmed to Buro 24/7 Middle East that Vaccarello's departure from the Italian fashion brand would be effective immediately. 

Discussing Vaccarello's rise to fame, Versace says: "In the past several years, I have worked with three great young talents on Versus Versace: Christopher Kane, JW Anderson and Anthony Vaccarello. In each instance, their time on Versus Versace led to them making a huge advancement in their design career. I appreciated the chance to work with each of these three designers, and I enjoyed seeing what they brought to a brand I truly love. I'm proud that Versus can be such a remarkable global platform for emerging design talent."

While we wait in anticipation for next year's designer vision at Saint Laurent, Versace says of her eponymous direction: "As for the future, I'm most excited about taking on a bigger role with Versus, and doing what I always do — surprising everybody!"

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