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Atelier Versace

At first glance, the ropey twists and turns that laid the foundation for Donatella Versace’s Atelier Versace collection reminded of Zaha Hadid’s organic architecture. Specifically, the aerial view of the out-of-this-world Performing Arts Center being built in Abu Dhabi appeared to be mapped out on several of the body-hugging, floor-skimming dresses. In fact, the sinewy, intertwined ropes were intended to highlight “athletic couture.” This was a collection that burst with both spurts of color—orange and lemon neon and cobalt blue—and Versace’s typical line-up of mega models, including Irina Shayk, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls, Mariacarla Boscono, Jamie Bochert, and closer Gigi Hadid. If there were ever a couture collection that one should train for, this is it.

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