The haute couture shows may have only just begun, but it seems as if there is already so much to discuss! For starters, having returned to couture for the first time since 2004 with a presentation in January, Versace’s next step was staging a full-scale runway show to kick off the fall couture shows at the Ritz Paris on Sunday. In true Versace form, the collections focused on short hemlines and lots of glitz, which came in the forms of sheer, corset gowns, printed mini-dresses fit for Anna Della Russo, and large studded belts in an array of playful sorbet colors. The clothes were all about showing off a woman’s body, and playing up the sexy, strong appeal of chain mail details, high-cut slits, cutouts, and Medusa emblems. Lindsey Wixson opened the show in a light-reflecting A-line trench coat in ivory patent leather that was intersected by thin rose gold strips and topped off with a thick boxing championship belt. Lindsey was followed by fellow top models Sigrid Agren, Kate King, Kasia Sruss, Kinja Rajzak, Ginta Lapina, and Karlie Kloss.
The flip side to Versace’s dramatic glamor was today’s highly-anticipated Dior show, which featured the fashion house’s first collection under the helm of Raf Simmons. The designer’s 54 looks, shown in a hôtel particulier in Paris, were all about Parisian sophistication, restraint, and of course, timeless beauty. With a nod to the French house’s long couture history, Simmons presented a lineup of full skirts cinched at the waist, lady-like coat dresses, clean lines, and even a round of elegant floral prints to match the wall-to-wall arrangements decorating the venue. The color palette remained mostly neutral with black, gray, and navy hues, but also included feminine pops of bold red, fuchsia, and bright yellow. To open the grand event, Julia Nobis stepped out in a tailored black suit followed by the familiar faces of Daria Strokous, Kati Nescher, Jac, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Bette Franke.
More from the Paris haute couture Fall/Winter 2012-13 collections to follow.