Versace Haute Couture S/S12

Showing in Paris for the first time since 2004, Donatella mixed baroque pieces with her classic 50s Hollywood glamour through golden dresses and shimmering bodices

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Atelier Versace, a line which hadn't shown in Paris since 2004, deployed its baroque meets 50s Hollywood glamour in an all-gold décor. Held in the grandiose Ecole des Beaux-Arts on the left bank, the slow, sultry show presented a mix of two universes: sheer, shimmery lace on elongated, floor-length silhouettes were merged with warrior-like corsets. 

Organza and lace evening gowns embroidered with crystals, offered a subtle sexiness – think side slits and bodies in the nude under fine floral embroideries, all for a vintage red carpet. Soon, bodices popped up under the dresses, outlining an hourglass figure. Theatrical corsets with gold insets worn on top of the garments created a shield-like effect, and a mercenary ambiance was reinforced by slicked back hair and a daredevil gaze.

The collection evolved into bold, ultra-cropped dresses with metallic detailing, in lime or bright orange. Gold zipped jackets worn on top of a matching skirt brought a more casual feel, reminiscent of the house’s last motorcycle-inspired Ready-to-Wear collection. A show fit for a Bond Girl without a doubt.

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