The decadence and lavish opulence of Couture season has begun. Catwalking through the fashion capital of Paris, both Atelier Versace and Giambattista Valli made their 2014 Spring debuts; all bold lines, shimmering draping and scissor cuts that leave little to the imagination. The word siren seems to define both collections, mermaid sheen glamour at Versace and silk cloque cropped tops at Valli- reveling in the energy of sensuality, youth, and sensational aestheticism.
“I love pieces when you don’t know whether they are from the past, the future, or right now,” Giambattista Valli has stated. For his spring collection, fabrics and embellishments tended toward the dense and heavy, with tiny peplum silhouettes accentuating the carefree sensuality of youth. A Yves Klein blue thigh slit gown, dimensional applies, and barely there cocoon skirts fit perfectly into the idea of young red-carpet Rivera affluence. The look Valli has created harkens both yesteryear and very much, the Now.
With the brands ambassador, Lady Gaga, perched front row, Dontella Versace’s Atelier Versace Spring Couture held true to its luxe, effortless glamour. Anatomical seams on cocktail dresses picked out in stone and outlined in tiny metal chains, and geometric back cutouts flanking a lacing detail that ran up the spine. A fun twist were the Grace Jones-inspired Druidic hoods, Versace’s couture clothes are deluxe takes on previous collections. Sirens in body hugging draped silhouettes screamed sex and vanity.