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Atelier Versace SS16
Backstage at Atelier Versace Haute Couture SS16Courtesy of Versace

Five things that went down at the Atelier Versace show

Big designers on the front row, big models on the catwalk and a collection for ‘for all women who walk their own path’

FELLOW DESIGNERS CAME TO SHOW DONATELLA THEIR SUPPORT

Three big designers came to show Donatella their support this season: Alexander Wang, Riccardo Tisci and Anthony Vaccarello. They’re all close to the designer, particularly Riccardo who cast her in Givenchy’s AW15 campaign and Anthony who is the creative director of Versace’s little sister brand Versus and often cited as her protégé. Later that evening, Donatella posted a picture on Instagram of herself, her daughter, Riccardo and photographers Mert and Marcus reclining on a sofa with the caption “Family”.

NEW FACE YASMIN WIJNALDUN OPENED THE SHOW

When it comes to modelling, opening a show is a great honour. Yesterday evening, that honour went to 17-year-old Dutch model Yasmin Wijnaldum, who wore white tailoring with yellow strap detail. Having made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture AW15, Wijnaldum is making a rapid ascent through fashion‘s ranks. Among others, she walked for Prada last season (exclusively) and went on to land a spot in the brand’s SS16 campaign alongside industry veterans Natalia Vodianova and Sasha Pivovarova

MODELLING HEAVYWEIGHTS TOOK TO THE RUNWAY

It wasn’t just new faces like Wijnaldum who modelled in the show; she was joined by Joan Smalls, Lara Stone, Natasha Poly (one of Donatella’s muses, pictured) and Stella Maxwell, as well as former Dazed cover stars Jamie Bochert and Lineisy Montero. Gigi Hadid closed the show wearing a black tuxedo which was slashed away the waist “as if exploded”, but “held together with knots of Swarovski ropes”.

DONATELLA DEBUTED A COLLECTION FOR ‘POWERFUL WOMEN’

“I believe women can be powerful and achieve their dreams while also having great elegance and beauty,” said Donatella, “This is a collection for all women who walk their own path.” The designer always gives good “strong and sexy” and this was no exception: gowns clung to the model’s figures; were draped around their flesh or else slashed upon revealing it; were fitted with straps like harnesses or ropes of Swarovski crystal. The colour palette was largely monochrome, with bursts of blue and orange.

MAKE-UP MAGICIAN PAT MCGRATH DID THE BEAUTY

For the beauty, Donatella enlisted acclaimed make-up artist Pat McGrath, who used her recently-launched make-up line Gold 001. True to Versace form, models had their hair centre-parted and were given smokey eyes – much like Donatella wears herself.