Paris Haute Couture Week has just kicked off, and for the Autumn/Winter collections it was Versace getting things started. We’re still getting used to having the Italian powerhouse back on the Couture scene after their eight year hiatus, with this being only their second couture showing since 2004. Like most Versace collections, and one of the reasons we love the boundary-pushing designs Donatella Versace throws our way, it was not one for the faint-hearted. We spied the usual suspects of intimate embellishments decorating an array of gowns; leather, chiffon, silks and bold colours, and the verdict is in: steer clear from this risque collection if wallflower is more your style.
There were ankle-grazing gowns in electric blues, bright purples and dusty pinks complete with thigh-high splits, as well as panelled micro-minis of a more muted palette that were a nod to gladiator chic. It seemed there wasn’t a hue the House left out, with copper and pastels also making an appearance in the form of fitted jackets and flowing evening gowns. This wildly dazzling colour frenzy showcases everything the fashion world loves about Versace, and no one could ever accuse Donatella of shying away from the spotlight.
No, this collection is designed to make sure the lucky wearer is the centre of attention in true, textbook Versace style.
Haute Couture Photo Gallery: Atelier Versace A/W 2012-13