Atelier Versace AW 2012 at Haute Couture Fashion Week
You'd be forgiven for thinking Donatella Versace has never experienced Autumn or Winter, looking at the clothes she chose to show for Atelier Versace's long-awaited return to the Ritz in Paris for Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Much of the collection was completely inappropriate for the colder months, but lest we forget, the kind of woman who can wear and afford Versace's couture designs probably doesn't have to worry about a little old thing like outside temperature.
(If she does, she could always sling on the rose gold leather coat that offered the one nod to the milder months).
This was a typical Versace show, bringing in most of the elements for which the label is known and loved. There were scarf prints on diaphanous, floaty evening gowns with thigh-high splits and corseted waists, there were many, many cinched waists, by way of wrestler-esque belts with Versace branging, and there were super-tight mini dresses in bold prints - coming soon to a January Jones near you, no doubt.
Eveningwear was as elaborate and decorative as you'd expect, in shades of aqua, lilac, lemon, cornflower and all kinds of pinky-beige for that sexy 'second skin' look. Many had a delicate, cobweb look, with punch-outs, laddering and intricate embroidery that gave the impression they might disintegrate at any point.
The pop-pastel colour scheme and proliferation of sexy eveningwear was all familiar Versace territory, but this is no bad thing. Donatella managed to give the show a softer look than Spring / Summer's acid brights and futuristic metallics, and it succeeded all the more for it.
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