Donatella Versace showed her first haute couture collection in eight years today, with model du moment Karlie Kloss opening the show.
Opening Paris Haute Couture week, Versace presented – as one would expect from the always va-va-voom fashion house – a glittering collection that was the very embodiment of glamour.
Versace hadn’t held one for years because of the prohibitive cost – which made this one, for Spring/Summer 2012, altogether more rarified.
Karlie Kloss for Versace
Reports suggested Versace had managed to capitalise on profits made from last year’s successful collaboration with H&M to finance the collection, a lavish scene of futuristic fantasy met with Grecian drama.
The palette was an ethereal fusion of silver, gold, pale grey, watery green and orange. Fabrics were glimmering metallics, lace, textured silk and leather.
The goosebump-inducing aural backdrop came courtesy of an aria sung by operatic legend Maria Callas.
‘Versace’s woman is sculptured, conscious of her body, and has a taste for futurism,’ Donatella said after the show.
A fitting return to form from Versace.
Donatella takes a bow
Acid brights in va-va-voom shapes that are just pure Versace
IN ATTENDANCE: Anna Wintour, Emanuelle Alt, Chloe Sevigny, Cameron Diaz, Diane Kruger.
PS Fact fans will note that the term ‘haute couture’ is an Appellation contrôlée in France, meaning that it can only be used by fashion houses if certain criteria are met. That includes, but is not limited to, things like the number of hours spent working on each garment, how much is made in-house and by hand etc etc.
The Oracle Wikipedia describes the legal status of the term haute couture thus:
- Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
- Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
- Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.