According to a Jan. 20 report in The Telegraph, Paris Haute Couture week is in full swing, and Donnatella Versace’s Atelier Versace Spring/Summer 2013 collection scores high fashion grades in detail and creativity.
Versace told the publication that she was inspired by Le Centorial, the glass, iron and steel domed building in the heart of the City of Lights. “I was totally taken with the way the fragility of the glass contrasted with the strength of that solid structure,” the designer says. This solidity is reflected in the pieces, including a museum-worthy white mink coat, which, reworked with mirror, python and crystal embroidery, took 500 hours to construct.
With her very well made, outside-the-box designs, there is nothing boring about Versace’s designs. “I think red carpet dressing can be safe and a bit boring,” says Versace. “I'm all for classy dressing but not classic dresses.”
According to the publication, now that the lure of dressing celebrities for the red carpet is waning, self-owned fashion museums are the new big thing in fashion. Versace insists, however, that she has no plans to open a Versace museum. “We keep one of every item for our archives, “the designer says, “but while I love museums, I prefer to see my clothes on living bodies,” adding that “Ultimately this isn't about red carpet or museums. It's about the 40 people who work full time in our atelier and it's about experimentation and most important of all, about keeping craft alive.”
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