Jennifer Lopez's iconic Versace dress has been turned into R15k sneakers

If you're willing to splash the cash, you can wear that iconic piece of fashion history on your feet

28 July 2019 - 00:00 By Zola Zingithwa
Jennifer Lopez in the green dress that changed the way people search on Google.
Jennifer Lopez in the green dress that changed the way people search on Google.
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If ever there was a Jennifer Lopez fashion moment, it's the time she stunned the world by arriving at the 42nd Grammy Awards wearing a plunging green silk-chiffon dress by the house of Versace. Now fans of the dress can own the design on a pair of sneakers.

If you're willing to spend $1,075 (about R 14,900) on a pair of shoes, you can wear that iconic piece of fashion history on your feet.

The concept of transferring the gown's jungle print onto a sneaker is part of Versace's limited-edition Chain Reaction sneaker range, first released in 2018.

For this latest edition, they've collaborated with Concepts, a sneakers retailer, to create a shoe that takes its inspiration from Jenny on the Block, who just turned 50.

According to GQ, the sneaker is made from durable nylon instead of silk and not only features the green jungle design, but also has chain-link rubber soles.

In a cheeky move, the sneakers even have a "nude" leather tongue referencing the plunging neckline Lopez showed off at the Grammys.

In a cheeky move, the sneakers even have a 'nude' leather tongue referencing the plunging neckline Lopez showed off at the Grammys

The sneaker is available for both women and men at Concept stores in the US and on the Concept website, just in time for Lopez-fans to celebrate her 50th birthday in style and to commemorate the dress's upcoming 20th anniversary next year.

Versace might be a luxury fashion house, but even they see the financial benefits of getting into the sneaker business. From Rihanna and Fenty's sneakers for Puma to Kanye West's Yeezy empire for Adidas, sneakers have become the fashion item to showcase the collaborations between fashion and celebrities.

So it only makes sense that Versace, a luxury fashion house, would use one of its most iconic moments on the red carpet to inspire a legion of sneaker-heads to buy in to the Chain Reaction range.

The J-Lo-inspired Chain Reaction sneaker.
The J-Lo-inspired Chain Reaction sneaker.
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Donatella Versace's dress also has its own Wikipedia page, and is credited as being the catalyst behind the creation of Google Image Search.

In an essay published on Project Syndicate, Eric Schmidt, executive chair of Google, wrote of the moment in tech history: "At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J-Lo wearing that dress."


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