Versace kicks off Paris fashion week with “athletic couture” collection

Atelier Versace presents a new collection of “athletic couture” at the start of Paris Fashion Week.

PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 24, 2016) (VERSACE) – Atelier Versace kicked off the Paris Haute Couture shows on Sunday night (January 24) with a luxury collection inspired by sporty chic.

Models strutted down the catwalk in Versace’s typical figure-hugging designs, namely a range of evening gowns, slashed at thigh, draped at the back or cut along the body and tied together with ropes of Swarovski crystals.

Designer Donatella Versace opened the show, dubbed “Athletic Couture” in a palette of white — bomber jackets and trouser or skirt combinations as well as short dresses — decorated with fluorescent yellow or orange straps.

The palette then turned to electric blue, orange and black.

Versace continued the cut and tied together look, described in a statement as “as if exploded, then held together with extravagant knots of Swarovski ropes”, on tuxedos, baring arms and sides.

The looks were accessorised with sandals with straps knotted at the ankle, some of them sparkling.