by Jeremy Danté

PARIS – bum rushing the fashion calendar by overlapping the closing collections of men’s fashion week in paris, the house of versace hit the haute couture runways, boldly, making this their second season in their return to couture. strong, glamourous & fearless is the versace woman who is represented by the collections produced by the italian fashion house each season. as last couture season focused on use of hardware & the concept of warrior women, similar elements of strength were reflected in this collection. while the palette was reminiscent of a rainbow, the atelier versace couture team really allowed a greater focus to be emphasized in the beading of the collection. there was an expansion of corsetry in this collection, a modernized take of course. bodices became cages & floral elements were reinterpreted through perforated textiles & sheer gowns. all too familiar for donatella versace was the fact that the couture show was held at the ritz, where her brother gianni versace used to show his couture collections eight years ago.

in true versace fashion, the front row was filled with hollywood starlets & musical personalities- if you didn’t know, celebrity filled show seating arrangements began with  the house of versace. overall, the couture collection was truly a representation of what the versace woman is- bright, bold & ultra-glamourous. while i admire some of the concepts, there was definitely a misrepresentation of luxury in contrast to some other couture collections. understandably so, i appreciate that the house of versace was built on high glamour & exaggerated forms of beauty, but some choice in textiles were not as refined as one would have hoped. yet & still, the collection is another solid set of looks that exist in the true DNA of the versace legacy. donatella has done an incredible job representing what the versace woman is, as a true posterchild for that image. as i did last season, i wanted to include high quality images so you can understand the level of craftsmanship that is put into a couture collection. stay inspired.