Versace's couture pinnacle, Atelier Versace, returned to its spiritual Parisian home on Sunday evening, kicking off the made-to-measure schedule showcasing the most labour-intensive, hedonistic dressmaking in the world. Gianni Versace last showed at the Ritz fifteen years ago, so it was with excitement that Donatella announced her tribute. Dazed's Fashion Director Karen Langley elaborates...
"The Ritz is closing for renovation for three years, so Atelier Versace A/W12 was the last ever couture show there in its current incarnation. The venue was the pool, which had been covered over – a very intimate space which means there were two shows, as with most of the big houses. Immediately it felt like an event.
The collection, casting, hair and make-up was very Versace – very glamazon and very fabulous. The craziest, minute tiny waists with slashed corsets and flowing fabric, like water. Muted in sweet candy colours, the shapes were quite hard and full-on, with strict corstery, slashed panels amazing embroidery. Hair was coiffed to a side parting, kicking out at the ends.
The end of the runway was mirrored and revolved, with the Versace logo illuminated. Lindsey Wixson opened and I felt excited to be there – especially after being at the men's shows with their severity, it made it all the more exicting. Especially with the pumping Prince soundtrack.
If I had to choose a garment to shoot, it would be the cool lazer-cut jacket that Ginta wore, look 6."