PFW Haute Couture S/S12: Versace & Dior

By  January 24, 2012

Versace opened the proceedings for Couture Fashion Week in Paris yesterday, emerging from 8 years in hiding. Delivering a serious dose of pow-wow, Atelier Versace is back to rival its fellow couture houses once again.

Featuring a palette of citrusy neon, dresses came with thigh-high slits, moulded to the body and topped-off with severe ponies. Forget sugar-coating, the Versace woman is sultry and ready for evening-action.

In contrast, Christian Dior’s Haute Couture show worked feminine with flounce. Showcasing an array of kitsch patterns and lengths (say hello to the fifties ladies), fitting pencil skirts clung to svelte figures whilst others extended following the A-line shape.

As for Dior drama, it’s here, albeit on a lesser scale than we’re used to.

Short, tight and silver: It can only be Versace! Paris Fashion Week 2012

The bold and the bright ensure Versace’s comeback was seriously memorable, Versace Haute Couture show, Spring/Summer

Donatella Versace and her model army on the catwalk

Pencil skirts and retro patterns added a wearable touch to Christian Dior Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2012

Was this a nod to Galliano? Dior Haute Couture show, Spring/Summer

It was a fifties revival at Bill Gaytten’s collection for Christian Dior, SS12