Versace Returns to Paris Haute Couture After 8-Year Absence

Backstage at the Versace spring/summer 2012 couture show, Donatella Versace told the Telegraph that, despite our economic times, "the world needs glamor." With that said, the Italian fashion house’s head designer made it a point to design a couture comeback that solidified Versace’s membership in the elite club of luxury brands that are still designing extravagant fashion. 

Over-the-top sculpting, blinding metallics, and fierce fembot accents made up Versace’s couture debut after nearly eight years of absence. Similar to Karl Lagerfeld’s "billion dollar babes" theme of his Chanel resort 2012 collection presented at the decadent Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera last year, Donatella’s "glamorous warriors" represented the "more is more" ethos championed by the aspirational shoppers that high-end brands cater to.

Cathy Horyn of the the New York Times tweeted on Donatella’s chosen vibe for the show: "watching a model unnaturally flex her shoulders at Versace couture, on dodgy game-show steps, as audience stands in coats behind ropes. Glam." Sure, the show was anything but natural, but for die-hard fashion lovers, Paris Haute Couture is the goal, so it should be nothing short of fantastical when you get there. 

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