Atelier Versace Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2016 – Bright whites opened this season’s couture show, accented with neons in the form of straps on gowns, bomber jackets and evening jackets alike. Cutouts abounded, adding sex to neatly deconstructed suits jackets and cheeky peeks of flesh to cocktail dresses and evening gowns.
Geometric patterns, whether cutout or embroidered, were an unexpected detail that added even more shape to these curve-enhancing designs, drawing the eye down along the body and giving the impression of widening and narrowing at key points.
While the expected themes were included in this collection, from short body-con dresses, Grecian necklines and bright colours, minor details brought greater depth to the pieces individually and the collection as a whole.
Glittering ropes just barely held dresses together, dangled from ears and wrapped around ankles, while a dress of black wavering stripes over a vermilion monokini created texture and movement.
Each piece, while unquestionably modern, brought to mind the styles of an earlier era; from a futuristic white jumpsuit with a sparkling, baby blue halter recalling the space-race obsession of the ‘60’s, to a sheer gown of black criss-crossed lines and white pleated panels accented a defined waist that brought to mind the waspy silhouettes of the 40’s and 50’s.
The late nineties and the noughties were referenced as well, with bright mini-dresses, sexy suits and laced-up cutouts reminiscent of the female pop stars that dominated the eras.
Atelier Versace Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2016