White hot: Versace’s Paris spring-summer 2016 haute couture show
Queen of the attention-grabbing dress does it again – see what some of the biggest movie stars will be parading on the Oscars red carpet next month
Donatella Versace once said the red carpet was the new eveningwear catwalk. So her atelier show in Paris on Sunday, opening the haute couture collections, was a preview of what the stars will be wearing to the Oscars ceremony next month – because in the next few days the glamorous spring-summer collection will be winging its way to Los Angeles.
There is one thing you can say about Versace: Donatella knows how to design an attention-grabbing dress. Lots of super-sexy slashed white jersey and guipure lace gowns, a few in black and some in blue, but all with scooped out backs that finished with a drape around the nether regions, and held in place by either fine sporty white and crystal mesh or broad straps. Perfect for that look-over-your-shoulder paparazzi shot. Lara Stone, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gigi Hadid, well practised at posing on the red carpet, took a turn for Donatella on her white catwalk.
There was one seemingly demure (from the front) white catsuit with a racy low-cut back. Dresses, long and micro-mini, and ski-pant and bomber-jacket combos, mostly in white and with mesh and strap detailing, showed a sportier vibe this season. There were bright primary-coloured, sporty bikinis and one-pieces under diaphanous black gowns that just might be a bit too racy for Oscars night.