Fairies are real on the Atelier VERSACE runway, at least. For Fall, Donatella and co. sent out a parade of delicate pieces inspired by the flora and fauna of the forest. “It’s a bit romantic,” said Donatella Versace, sounding a touch surprised at herself. “I’m not a piece of wood all the time!” So here was a softened-up, tendrilly vision for Atelier Versace: couture festival girls in garlanded headbands, vaguely Renaissance-medieval sleeves, and raw-edged chiffon trailing off in ethereal directions on a glass runway paved over hundreds of mauve, purple, and green orchids. 26,000 orchids were laid on the runway underneath glass panels, while a Medusa head made by the blooms framed the entrance to the runway.
One of Donatella Versace’s signatures is her smoky eye, but this season the designer and makeup guru Pat McGrath decided it was time to inject some color and brighten up. “We’re keeping it sexy but giving it a much lighter feel with pale, shimmery greens, using the same tone for every girl,” the face painter noted backstage before the show. “It’s much more romantic but still a little tough.” Continuing her thought, mane master Guido Palau added: “It’s about natural hair but very rock ’n’ roll and a little ’70s in a way really cool couture.” The pro left strands long and loose, then roughed them up with Redken Wind Blown texturizing spray. “They look like beautiful nymphs in gorgeous dresses with headbands,” he said. Speaking in chorus, the duo noted that once they saw the collection anchored by those leafy crowns, it instantly sealed the feel of their final beauty look: “It’s healthy, beautiful skin that glows to perfection,” explained McGrath of the high-fashion fairies who floated down the orchid-strewn runway. Based on high-gloss platform boots, thigh-grazing slits, and skin-baring cutouts, however, we have a feeling these otherworldly nymphs have a naughty side.
Discover Atelier VERSACE Haute Couture runway show at the end of this post!
Was Donatella channeling a fantasy somewhere out of Stevie Nicks via Game of Thrones? Wherever the ideas originated, the results the dusty pastels and grays, the appearance of drifty, almost disintegrating fabrics were dispensed without harsh color, hard silhouettes, and logos. Still, the underpinnings relied on signature Versace craftsmanship: the network of boned corsetry glimpsed through chiffon, as well as the embroidery and use of chainmail all superb. In a preview, Donatella said some of the dresses had taken four to six hundred hours of work days of labor to make something so fitted it almost appears to have grown onto a girl’s body rather than sewn by human hand. That’s the mystique of couture.
Amid the corseting and pastel flowers came a gown worn by Daria Strokous
complete with a voluminous, tiered skirt and a cutout over the thighs all the better to show off her strut.
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Photo Credit/Source: The House of Atelier VERSACE
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Paris Haute Couture Week will start on Sunday, July 5th to 9th, 2015, Excited to await this fabulous couture event, I'd like to present you a summary of my favourite Haute Couture shows for spring 2015 presented last January, starting with Dior, VALENTINO, ALBRECHT OLLENDIEK, Atelier Versace, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER, Chanel, ELIE SAAB, LA PERLA Atelier, ARMANI Privé, Giambattista Valli, Maison Margiela by John Galliano - enjoy!