Anthony Vaccarello and Donatella Versace as he's appointed creative director of Versus / Versus

The Italian-Belgian designer is the first to take the permanent job since the departure of Christopher Kane in 2012.

Anthony Vaccarello has been appointed creative director of Versace’s sister line, Versus.

But the Italian-Belgian designer is familiar with the brand already as the appointment follows his successful capsule collections for the Versace-owned label.

In September 2014 he made his debut with a collection that revived the famous Versace safety-pin dress worn by Liz Hurley (and seen on Donatella in the image above).

Vaccarello is the first permanent creative director since the departure of Christopher Kane in 2012. He will be responsible for both men’s and women’s collections and will report to Donatella Versace, who will remain in the role of artistic director.

"I've followed Anthony's work from his very first collection; as soon as I met him I realised immediately he was the one, he gets it, his talent screams Versus Versace," said Versace. "I love his fresh energy and innovation, and I love being surrounded by a talent which brings newness to Versace."

His first work as the creative director will be presented during the autumn/winter 2015 season, but whether it will be part of Milan Fashion Week hasn’t been confirmed yet.

The appointment seemed the next natural step for their relationship, and the body-baring designs he’s known for fit the bill. Also, he will continue to design for his eponymous brand, which he founded in 2009.

"I am thrilled and honoured to become creative director of Versus Versace. Donatella Versace is such an inspiration to me, and together we have many exciting plans for the future of Versus Versace," said Vaccarello.