It was the show of all shows to open Paris couture week, in my eyes – that’s a pretty big deal. In a world of male designers dominating women’s fashion, Donatella Versace keeps her house simple; and if she does anything perfectly it’s dressing a woman in a flattering way, usually oozing her own sex appeal. When asked, Versace claimed this collection was “about cut and the curves of a woman’s body … When we started the collection, I said I wanted no straight lines at all, every seam is curved.”
Every piece screamed for the red carpet, each dress slightly differently suited to each woman’s personality. A flash of leg with a thigh high split; an exposed shoulder for the modest woman who still wants to be evocative; and slithers of breast peeking through a cut out for the playful woman. These details adorned form fitting floor length gowns that followed the contours of the models body. Variations with mini skirts and knee high boots and floaty full skirts appeared in glamorous shades of red, electric blue, crisp white and black – a no frills affair. Versace dressed her girls curves no matter how big or little those curves were – they all earned an understated sex appeal the Italians know how to do with ease. If you missed the sexy memo, Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing for the finale, really hammered across her point. There was a nod towards daywear with long sleeve dresses, but it was clear this was a collection made for the night. Each dress or jumpsuit only worn on the most special occasion, to be admired by a lover and adored by it’s wearer.