If sexy exists over a spectrum of two points -- on the one side, a maternal, supple, cups-runneth-over femininity, and on the other side, a lithe, powerful, aggressive one -- the Atelier Versace presentation in Paris on Sunday made a case for the middle ground. Donatella Versace's haute couture gowns, featuring sweeping transparent panels and graphic cutouts so precise they barely covered nipples and other typically-covered areas, created the illusion of extravagant curves with lazer-sharp precision. The budget for double-sided tape alone must have been impressive.
The clothes should come as no surprise, not only because it's Versace, but also because these kinds of gowns have been embraced on the red carpet, seen on A-list stars such as Jane Fonda, Jessica Chastain and, most revealingly, Kate Hudson.
Versace also enlisted an A-list cast of models for the spring presentation, including Caroline Trentini, Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Taylor Hill, Lindsey Wixson and Anna Ewers. The show was finished by Karlie Kloss, Eva Herzigova and Amber Valletta (in that order), wearing the collection's most daring jumpsuits and dresses. Even the pants throughout emphasized curves -- every pair was flared.
And as for the three "emoji"-emblazoned dresses and boots? The effort to wink at "what the kids are into these days" fell flat. Graphic symbols are not emojis and among such intricate gowns, these minidresses felt too contrived -- a false note in a collection where revealing silhouettes were the center of attention.
See below for more looks from the Atelier Versace spring 2015 collection.