Across a raised Lucite platform, which sat atop 26,000 orchids, a fairytale unfolded at Atelier Versace’s Fall 2015 Couture show. Models were transformed into wayward wood nymphs, ethereal flower children, and mesmerizing mermaids, each crowned with flowers and elevated by gobsmacking go-go boots. The romantic presentation centered on gauzy, delicate fabrics strewn with embroidery, cutouts, mesh paneling, fringed edges, and beading, but before she got lost in the fantasy of it all Donatella Versace toughened her outlook by including several punk elements. Corset and bustier boning built structure into her diaphanous silhouette, which was an interesting proposition when juxtaposed against a soft palette of periwinkle, rose, and lilac. As gowns breezed down the runway, their centers were controlled by restrictive structure, which lent the clothes beautiful movement. Although it’s clear that Versace has given way to the retro revival, the collection never strayed from the couture platform. Each look was cobbled together from a truly impressive range of artistry, from a lacquered web-like mini dress to a corseted gown complete with an asymmetrical skirt made from tiered chiffon. Backstage, the designer alluded to the fact that this presentation fell outside of her comfort zone, but it proved that, when stretched to try something new, Versace more than meets the challenge.
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