Uma Thurman with a pre-Rafaelite hairdo, Mena Suvari looking not a day older than she did in American Beauty: It’s the beginning of Atelier, classically marking the end of menswear season and the start of Couture.
Although most journalists appeared to be beyond exhaustion, their faces rapidly lit up upon seeing an apparition: 43-year-old Naomi Campbell, standing in a micro sequin ensemble, looking more gorgeous than ever. It only took a few masterful struts to inject her ’90s glamor into the show–leaving the rest of the models with a hard act to follow.
The show was composed of simple yet potent elements: Shimmer, glimmer, and plenty of lingerie.
A cropped crocodile number with embroidered sleeves in matching sequins was paired with a pencil skirt, leaving the abs covered by nothing but a sheer bodysuit.
Glossy leather trench coats, elements of bustier bras poking out of figure hugging dresses, seemed entirely bejewelled in Swarovski crystals: Versace celebrates a kind of glamour fit for the stage, a Prince or David Bowie concert perhaps, injected with vamp-like raunchiness.
The show closed with another appearance by Miss Naomi, cheered and applauded with wild excitement at every step she took. She is back with a roar–along with the razzle-dazzle the brand embodies–so the show seemed to whisper.
If Carine Roitfeld–whose documentary screens in Paris today–has become synonymous to French femininity, Donatella Versace will forever be the master of Italian sex-appeal.