The first Versace fashion show to take place in China will be held on Nov. 13, showcasing both the women’s and men’s spring 2009 collections.
Donatella Versace will attend the gala, which includes a dinner and auction to benefit the Jet Li One Foundation.
The aim is to open children’s centers for post-trauma and psychological relief in China’s Sichuan province, which was hit by a devastating earthquake in May.
The event will take place in the Beijing Legation Quarter, next to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. According to WWD, “The quarter once housed the American Embassy to the Qing Empire, was later the Dalai Lama’s residence during the Fifties and even hosted secret meetings between Henry Kissinger and Premier Zhou Enlai in 1971.”
Donatella created the a logo to represent the partnership that will be featured on limited edition Versace items for one year. They will be available only in Mainland China Versace stores, of which there are 18, beginning the day after the event.