Runway Report: Atelier Versace Couture AW16

Donatella Versace has always been an inventive dynamo, famous for her erotic, red-carpet frocks crafted with precision and a high degree of fastidiousness. And although much hasn’t changed with her Fall 2016 couture presentation, she has shown a slight variation in mood as she seems to be thinking about functionality, comfort and fabric technology more than ever before.

There was still a great deal of draping, asymmetry, peplums, and textural blends, which she does with such refinement. But then came the intensity of slim trousers, under full-skirted open gowns, dresses with deconstructed peplum necklines, and long black slip dresses wrapped in swaths of silk fabric that draped with ease rather than being restricted or forced.  It was all affixed to the body – controlled even – and seemed to enhance the effect of her grand silhouettes.  Even the contrasting colors and sometimes iridescent linings on coats and dresses had a purpose beyond the aesthetics – this was a story of no ordinary woman.  She was unapologetic, diligent and commanded her clothes.  Very much like the designer herself.

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