Atelier Versace has kicked off the Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris.
Designer Donatella Versace’s clothes will be hand-made and ready for individual customers to wear later this year.
Taking centre stage in an opulent show was Jennifer Lopez. Earlier in the day the 44-year-old actress and singer had been spotted wearing a denim jacket, but this was now replaced by a strapless white gown at Sunday’s event.
The glamour continued as the Italian fashion house showed off a whirl of floor-length gowns for autumn/winter collections.
The next few days will see some thirty shows in all. As well as the likes of household names Chanel, Dior and Valentino, the event will feature some new designers and others making a comeback.
Up-and-coming French creator Stéphanie Coudert makes her debut at Haute Couture week. The Parisian says she does not like the term “fairy tale”, but it’s nevertheless a dream break for the boutique owner from Belleville.
Meanwhile designer Fred Sathal is back after an absence of several years.
At the end of the show, the warm reception for Donatella Versace herself as she strode onto the catwalk suggested the audience had liked what they had seen.