The long-awaited Haute Couture Fashion Week finally kick-started in Paris on January 24, with haute-couture brand Versace selected for the grand opening of the event with its Atelier Versace Couture Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
This meant one thing: bidding adieu to everything casual, street style and ready-to-wear, and stepping into a world of of opulence and luxury, intricate cutouts and hand-worked detailing, with materials getting ever more ravishing and their embellishments ever more glittering and sophisticated.
With fashion diva Donatella Versace at the helm, things have taken more of a deluxe and well-to-do turn, leading us to the never-never land of sky-high slits, bias cuts and plunging necklines that go deeper and deeper and become more and more red-carpet-worthy (well, the Academy Awards are just around the corner).
As could be naturally expected, the front row was jam-packed with the leading lights of the fashion world, among them the most prominent fashion designers of our times—Alexander Wang, Riccardo Tisci and Anthony Vaccarello—while British singer Rita Ora was there decked in an Atelier Versace vibrant orange mini-dress with chaotic ropes wrapping it.
Versace has noted that the elaboration and engineering of this collection was the most time consuming and laborious of all previously devised lineups. While Fall 2015 couture put accents on the more romantic and ethereal features of the female essence and Spring 2015 couture aimed to go back to the “shape of a woman’s body, which is curvy”, the Atelier Versace Couture Spring 2016 collection is literally throwing us right into the undercurrent of femininity and dynamism, demonstrating the strength to overcome all obstacles.
That said, the opening of the show was an overt deviation from couture arena, with a couple of white pieces boasting neon yellow and orange sporty and casual stripes. The continuation of the show was a gradual liquidation of these sporty stripes and the obstinate preservation of the palatial white theme.
The strong skirt suit Natasha Poly was presenting, covered with multiple floral cutouts and tiny sporty yellow details at both sides of the torso, gave way to typical-of-Versace geometrical cleavages, deep diagonal slits that opened the whole leg up to the thigh, and sheer fabrics and mesh pieces taking over, with flesh peeping out effectively, while heaps of gowns presented optical illusion prints.
Behati Prinsloo made everyone’s heads spin with her grandiose appearance in an all-white wrap gown, hems flaring, the side slit and with a plunging neckline, while one side of the dress was an optical illusion. This illusion theme persisted with a blue super-short shorts suit, which was paired with a diaphanous black flock worn over it. We are bowled over by those chaotic twisted straps in yellow, orange and blue looking so mind blowing against a background of black; equally, are we flabbergasted by the black diaphanous pieces bearing abstract patterns like the intricate one that hugged Irina Shayk’s amazing body.
But what captured our attention the most and made us rank Donatella Versace as someone whose imagination can really reach epic proportions was the range of the closing Swarovski ropes that either wrapped the mini cutout dresses and pantsuits or which functioned as connecting links between fabric pieces, the unbinding of which would be taboo.
The show closed with the drop-dead gorgeous Gigi Hadid, who has recently been chosen as the face of Versace, donning an all-black pantsuit with cutout details here and there, which were crisscrossed by those innovative Swarovski ropes a la Versace.
Photo courtesy: @Versace_Official