Dreams Come True on the Red Carpet

I remember the feelings I had while I was writing my first post here, in March 2009: I was excited for the new blog and the best way to give it a start was writing about Atelier Versace. I’ve always been a fan of the Italian maison: I still have a collection of Versace ads from the 1980s and 1990s somewhere, which speak of my teenage dreams to own one of those amazing creations. Many years have passed since then, I still don’t own a Versace dress (and never will), but dreaming is comforting. It’s impossible not to day-dream in front of such beauties from the fall/winter 2010 collection.

This turquoise/emerald green silk jersey evening dress is simply stunning. The shape is more than simple – one shoulder and a side slit in the long skirt, nothing more – but the tailoring techniques used to make it special are amazing: the bodice and hips have asymmetric cuts outlined by small pleats moving in different directions, and this emphasizes the bust and the waist.

At first sight, this blueish/grey evening dress in silk chiffon is reminiscent of the previous one, since they share the same features. In this case, the decoration of the bodice is an asymmetric motif of drapery outlining the bustier and the volume of the skirt.

Lea Michele wore this grey evening dress at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which took place in Hollywood on January 29th, 2012. She completed her outfit with Casadei pumps in a matching shade of grey, Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewellery and a sparkling Fendi clutch. I’m not a fan of thigh-high slits (the JLo effect is just around the corner), but she looked beautiful and confident.

This open-back evening dress in peach pink is not a typical Versace design, but it reminds me of Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet’s creations, even if it’s not bias cut. It is embroidered in silk fringes and crystals of the same colour. Asymmetric cuts highlight the different directions of fringes in a chevron pattern.

Eva Mendes wore this dress while attending the premiere of Little White Lies by Guillame Canet at the Rome Film Festival on October 29th, 2010. She paired it to silver sandals and looked absolutely fantastic.

The same fringe decoration can be found in this white sleeveless mini-dress made of embroidered sequins, crystal tubes and bead fringes.

January Jones, one of the protagonists of the successful tv show Mad Men, was lucky enough to be the first celebrity to sport a piece from this collection. She wore the little white dress last July, while attending the show’s fourth season’s premiere in New York. She paired it to Brian Atwood Maniac nude patent pumps. This is not the first time she wore Atelier Versace, because she chose Donatella’s creations to walk the red carpet at the Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2010.

I love the draping  gathered at the hip in this dove grey evening gown in silk jersey. The bodice and one strap are embroidered with small crystals that outline the dress and its back.

The shiny gold silk satin of this asymmetrically draped evening dress screams Versace. The fabric reminds me of the infamous metal mesh, so typical of iconic designs from the 1980s and 1990s, and of the shiny fabric of the “winged” dress Amber Valletta wore at the Costume Institute Gala in New York in 2008. The dress is magnificent: a motif on the shoulder strap and part of the bustier in silk tulle is embroidered with leather, mini crystals and cabochons. This detail wraps around the body retaining the drapery.

This white silk jersey evening gown is a variation of the same decoration: the asymmetric bustier in silk tulle is embellished with small leather pieces, mini crystals and white cabochons retaining the drapery at the bust.

This cool sky blue evening gown in silk chiffon is a vision. The simple line of the dress contrasts with the sexy back, where the straps are draped into a dramatic “V”. What makes it a work of art is the fabric, entirely embroidered with illuminating crystals.

Though not new (sorry, but the fading reminds me of the unforgettable Christian Dior dress John Galliano designed for Gwen Stefani in 2002), the shading from dark grey and pink in this asymmetric evening gown in silk chiffon is dramatic. The dress is fully embroidered with small crystals.

Gwyneth Paltrow wore this lovely number at the 44th Annual CMA Awards  on November 10th, 2010 in Nashville. She paired it to Christian Louboutin satin peep-toe pumps and pendant earrings. She was literally glowing and looked so beautiful with this dress.

This is a showstopping dress indeed! Most of the collection is about neutral tones, but the bright colours have been chosen with care, so as to stand out among the rest. The coral pink shade of this silk tulle ball gown is to die for. A thin band embroidered with sequins in a fishbone pattern separate and rejoin defining the bustier and the deep deplete on the back. I’m speechless.

Rose McGowan was the lucky celebrity who wore this dress on the red carpet of the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event in Cap d’Antibes on May 23rd, 2012. The dress she wore has minor modifications – side panels replacing cut-outs, for example – but it was amazing nonetheless. She kept the accessory department simple by wearing a pair of pendant diamond earrings only. She styled her hair in a ponytail and wore neutral make-up.

The last dress of the collection is not typical Versace, but I’m glad Donatella introduced new style solutions. It is a ball gown made from viscose knit and silk tulle in pearl grey. An intricate pattern creates a transparent lace effect outlining the lines of the body and retaining the volume of the skirt. The juxtaposition of knit and tulle is lovely and makes the dress more peculiar than ever.

Keri Hilson wore this dress when she attended the Costume Institute Gala celebrating Alexander McQueen: A Savage Beauty on May 2nd, 2011. Even if the dress is lifeless when compared to the one seen on the model, Keri looked beautiful. She completed her outfit with diamond jewellery, a nice sleek hairstyle and a refined make-up.

All the dresses were worn with sexy knee-high gladiator platform sandals.

I know it’s hard to choose among such heavenly creations, but which is your favourite? Could you give the face of a celebrity to each dress?




  1. Each dress is a work of art! My fav is the coral ball gown. Thanks for posting this.

    I wish January had worn the runway look – by adding the boots. They really balance the proportion of the short dress and add an edge that’s missing from her look.

    1. I agree: the short dress seen on January is gorgeous, but it looked so bland on her. She definitely made a mistake in wearing Brian Atwood pumps; she should have chosen something different. The gladiator boots would have been perfect, even if I don’t think they’re much in line with her style.

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