Designer Christopher Kane is to part ways with Versace sister line, Versus, after three years.
Christopher Kane is leaving Versus.
The Scottish designer will be parting ways with the Versace sister line - where he has been since 2009 - as the Italian fashion house plans to completely overhaul the label.
According to a press release on behalf of Gianni Versace Spa, Versus will be easing the production of seasonal collection, with a renewed focus on digital.
Donatella Versace added: ''This is a very exciting development for Versus and I'm thrilled to be engaged in such a major shake up of the fashion world's rules. I want to thank Christopher for his contribution to Versus over six seasons, during which I have been able to appreciate his extraordinary talent. Working with young talented people and seeing them grow and develop as I have seen Christopher do over these years, is one of the most rewarding parts of my work. I wish him all the best for the development of his own line. He will always have my total support.''
A spokesperson for the brand confirmed the partnership ended by mutual agreement, with no termination of contract.
Christopher - who has been forced to deny reports that emerged over the weekend to suggest that he was set to succeed Nicolas Ghesquiere as creative director of Balenciaga - said: ''I am so grateful to Donatella Versace for her support and the incredible opportunities she has given me. I respect her enormously and have learned so much from her. I have loved and appreciated working with her and will always be indebted to her. I am excited about the new Versus strategy, but the time has come to dedicate all my focus to the future of the Christopher Kane label.''