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Paris Haute Couture Week autumn/winter 2013/14: day one

To open Paris Haute Couture Week, we saw supermodel Naomi Campbell take to the Versace catwalk for the first time in 15 years. We also have highlights from Parisian favourite Christian Dior and Italian designer Giambattista Valli

Marina Nelson,


Sunday: 8.15pm
Naomi Campbell opened Paris Haute Couture Week to cheers as she strutted the new Atelier Versace collection.  Versace showcased leather, sheer fabrics, sequins, cut-out panels and luxurious lace for a wild and carefree, modern look.

Floor-length sequined gowns in deep berry and midnight blue were updated with matching chokers and sheer bodice panels with cut-out midriffs and bralets.  Versace’s new collection brimmed with sex appeal and fresh sassiness.

Campbell closed the show in a skintight black mesh body, reminding the fashion crowd she’s back on top form with Atelier Versace.

@IndyFashion tweeted: Naomi closing Atelier Versace. Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is a fashion moment. AF

@VeraWangGang tweeted: A beautifully constructed and seductive collection, congrats Donatella! @Versace



Christian Dior
Our late morning show from Dior showed us the new Dior woman experimenting with style and colour for a modern wardrobe.

Dior’s signature nipped-waist, ladylike, full-skirted gowns were modernised with colour blocking, Raf Simons’ signature cocoon shapes, mesh panelling, appliqué details and furry animal prints.

Playing to a soft and feminine look, Simons added ruffles to ball gowns, showcasing his soft and sensual side. With heavy use of mesh panels, the new Dior woman is showcasing a rebellious streak while still remaining elegant.



Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli closed the day with a summer wedding showcase full of pieces fit for a modern bride.

Ruffled porcelain-white dresses opened the show before hints of grey and powdery blue appliqué lace details with oversized bows took over.

@jennyytaii tweeted: Ahhh, I love the Giambattista Valli line from the fall and winter collection. All the flowers and lace details. #pfw

The collection took a more colourful and experimental floral direction with rose-coloured floor-length gowns featuring floaty chiffon skirts with rose-petal and sparkling sequin details.

The show drew to a close with full-skirted dresses in a variety of bright block colours, signalling that the 21st-century bride can choose an unconventional style while remaining elegant.

@calamity_hey tweeted: Valli has made my day, never fails. #PFW #HauteCouture



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