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Monday, January 21, 2013

Va Va Versace: Haute Couture Begins

Paris Couture Week started off with a bang with the Versace Couture show.  Held at the beautiful beaux arts building, Le Centorial, the mood was full of excitement and glitz.

The models dramatically entered the circular runway from the stairwell below. The first look being black trouser suit in wool with 24 karat gold pinstripe.  A Versace play on the power suit.  The idea of the suit was also done in a pleated skirt that has gold laminate between each pleat.  A typical Versace dress came out as well and many other plays on the pin striped suit.

Cocktail dresses and gowns followed with so many that I adored.  A fluorescent pink fox fur gilet stomped the circle runway that all seemed in awe with.  A black blazer made from strips of metal and mink was worn as a dress - something I would completely do!  And its gold counterpart followed.  Stunning.

There were some long iconic Versace gowns that followed, but the most innovative pieces were the voluminous silk chiffon pieces with short skirts in front.  They flowed freely in an array of colors from black to fluorescent pink and yellow.  Of course they were all adorned with crystal beading, metal pieces and leather tubes.

The show was exciting and fresh with so many beautiful options.  But the real fun came when friend and LA Times writer, Ellen Olivier took me back stage with her.  And the moment I met Donatella - she's the epitome of fabulous!

It was incredible to see the models slipping out of these confections and seeing the pieces so close up.  My favorite and possible Met Gala dress was the fluorescent yellow gilet with a short gold bustier dress worn underneath.

Donning one of the great colors of the night in pink
Versace was a star-studded show, with the always handsome Kevin Costner.  And I just loved talking with one of my fave shoe designers, Brian Atwood!

Donatella Versace's vision, the marriage of the delicate with the strong, was loud and clear.  Beautifully executed.

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