Atelier Versace Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Posted on July 03, 2012


Taking inspiration from the Tarot, and fooling around with the concepts of deconstruction and reconstruction, Atelier Versace offered up a collection far more elegant and less out-there than last season’s. “Elegant” isn’t usually a word that springs to mind with the Versace brand, which tends to trade more in “fierce” and “LOOK AT ME RIGHT NOW” kinds of looks. And sure, wallflowers still need not apply, but the overall tone is less “fashion warrior” and more just plain old fashion-pretty. In other words, there’s a little flowy to go along with the expected showy and it works quite well. Last season’s collection had us predicting that very few of the looks would make it to the red carpet because they were fairly difficult to pull off; a prediction that taught us not to make such predictions because of course half the collection made red carpet appearances within the month. This time, we don’t think we’re going out on a limb when we say that these looks are all going to be seen on the backs of starlets in the coming months. The looks are practically tailor-made for the red carpet.




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  • sagecreek

    Wow, I liked almost all of these, and I never like Versace. What gives?

    If I start liking Marchesa, someone do an intervention. Please.

    • I promise to come to your aid.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Same here. Versace is always a little too much for my taste, but these dresses are beautiful.

      • My favorite is the lavender number, 6th from the bottom. Remove the belt and it’s quite the red carpet

      • the “grown up” vibe of the collection, but it still manages to be clearly

    • lovelyivy

       These are lovely. Marchesa continues to make origami napkin dresses, so you’re safe unless there’s a taste revolution at the Chapman/Weinstein residence.

  • meowing

    Wow, lots of looks that could be modified to pretty and pretty decent dresses.  Just stich up the obviously forgot-to-sew front seam and add the forgot-to-add linings.  Does this mean that Versace is possible of almost-having-taste?

    • Sobaika

      I think Ver-sase gets a lot of flack. Sure it can be gaudy, but I enjoy prefer fierce over dishwater-colored bathrobes any day. There’s a difference between what Versace (and a lot of other Italian houses like Pucci, Dolce & Gabbanna, etc.) do and what Marchesa churns out.  And every once in a while you get a collection that straddles the line quite well, like this. 

      My favorite is the lavender number, 6th from the bottom. Remove the belt and it’s quite the red carpet stunner.

      • OneTwoThreeFashion

         I also LOVED the lavender gown…

  • We will be seeing a lot of lady stars these looks, no? Fabulous collection, and considerably more grown up than usual.

    • Anathema_Device

       Good call on the “grown up” vibe of the collection, but it still manages to be clearly Versace.

      • Welcome back to the POFs, world traveller!

        • Anathema_Device

           Thanks! Good to be back, although I am trying not to spend too much time on the computer these days. My 2.5 weeks abroad showed me how much I could see and do when I stop clicking and back away from the screen!!

          • Of course I have NO idea what you mean. (sneaking time on his iPhone to post on TLo)

    • CozyCat

      We will also be seeing a lot of lady stars underwear–it will be interesting to see how they deal with all the extremely sheer looks.

      On the other hand, the gowns with the fitted bodices and the flowy skirts are perfect for lady stars.  They show off all the hard work the ladies have put into developing their figures but manage to not only avoid vulgarity but actually look pretty! 

      • I’m seeing a lot of linings being added later on for the various LSs.

    • I was seriously calling out stars’ names when scrolling down.  I’d love to play Pretend Stylist with some of the collections.  Can we please do that, TLo?  Pretty please!  I saw Rihanna, Kristen Stewart and Katy Perry, just to name a few.  And don’t laugh at me, but I totally saw Goldie Hawn and Julia Roberts in a few of these, too.

      • I would laugh with, but never at. It’s a great idea!

      • I actually feel like the models were styled to look like some of those stars.  I definitely see Katy Perry up there, plus Beyonce, Lea Michelle, Kristen Stewart, Kate Hudson, and a few others.  

        • mayavaly

           I was thinking the same thing, and I have noticed it happening with other designers too. Is it deliberate? It must be.

        • TieDye64

          I thought the same, even JLo immediately came to mind among others. 

        • I saw Beyonce in so many of these outfits that it really started to bug me that there weren’t any black models in the show.

      • KStew for the second dress, definitely.

    • Esz

       Would be nice to see them on “real” people. I’m usually not fussed about models looking super thin, but these dresses kinda need some T&A 😉

      •  I’ve kinda wondered what the point of developing a silhouette was, if all you end up getting is straight lines.  lol

        • Esz

           EXACTLY! ;-P

      • Daisy James

         I think that may be why I looked at about half of these and thought they were just crying out to be worn by Beyonce.

  • VicksieDo

    Wow, these are so beautiful and original.  Love the detailing, the colors, the fabrics!

  • Saucysusan

    Wow! Some actually beautiful dresses. I’m stunned. Not crazy about the belt thingy on some & I hope that some will be lined by the time they hit the red carpet (doubtful). Still, I’m pleasantly surprised because Versace is usually so tacky.

  • marilyn

    Most of the long dresses look like showgirl costumes, with the sheer skirts.  Obviously, these dresses are better in motion than standing still.  This is an okay collection, but nothing innovative.  It relies on the variations in the prints for interest.  

    • call_me_schmeg

      this collection is screaming out for those ladystars who like to dress like drag queens. sometimes you just want to be spangled, sparkled, detailed and printed.

      • Introspective

        Hell Im just another girl on the IRT most days and I want to be spangled, sparkled, detailed and printed!! (guess that makes me a drag queen myself…)

        This collection is gorgeous. Ethereal with an edge at the same time. Prints are magnificent. Im seeing lots of stars rocking this. Seeing JLo in the short and long numbers, a JJo, or even a Taylor Swift in some of these gowns and knocking it out of the park. Love it.

        • call_me_schmeg

          gurl, for real. and maybe it’s just the particular model, but doesn’t the 2nd look just scream kristen stewart? i also see zoe saldana in some of the similar short looks.

    • Sartorial_She

       “It relies on the variations in the prints for interest”.

      This. I see only 3 distinct dresses, rendered multiple times in different colors and patterns.

    • Are there wind machines positioned strategically along the runway?

  • Tenille Clarke

    Amazingly breathtaking collection. I want them ALL.

  • MilaXX

    I think we already saw that yellow dress at the BET awards. If not, it’s a close copy. This isn’t a bad collection. In fact I can see a lot of this  worn by a variety of age groups. Some of the shorter ones like the green print would work on the ‘tweens, and that gold coat reminds me of something a Jane Fonda or Linda Gray could wear. 

  • the super tight and short ones will never be classy in my mind. that’s just personal preference, I guess. Doesn’t matter if it’s fine materials and Versace or Gladware garbage bags – that look just makes me go “COOCHIE!”

  • Anathema_Device

    Not usually a fan of Versace’s garishness, but this collection seems more exuberant than overly flashy. Some pretty nice pieces, in fact.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    until the bottom flowy ones? i come close to despising virtually every one of these. the flowies are okay, although the appliquéd geegawsery on them are not. & the color is just, you know, kind of off. a lot of them look like theyre moldering before their time. i actually liked the last collection–the lime fluorescences & spacey neons–better. & i wasnt crazy about it, either.

    edited to add:
    slight mistake. the top ones, again sans foofery, are okay as well. theres just a tacky teal middle surrounded by various tackrats in equally appalling colors that made me forget the preview was as tolerable as its inverse at the finalé.

  • Paigealicious


    • ME TOO! AHHHH!!

      • joything

        ME THREE!!  Silly, I know, but there we are.  ME WANT!

  • M_E_S

    Kristen Stewart is SO wearing that second dress (and really, just about any of the mini-dresses).

    • nannypoo

      I thought the same thing. I hope she washes her hair.

      • Introspective

        we all wish that dont we? but sadly she wont.

    • I saw her in the green and yellow gown, but that could be due to the pouty, brunette model.

    • First name that came to mind.

  • StelledelMare

    Liking the flowy gowns, the rest are just okay. The colors are interesting and pretty though on everything

  • Kayceed

    Interesting, and very pretty. Versace can often be so hard-edged and a bit out-there.

  • Wow, the light pink and lime green-ish chartruse (last dress) are pretty freakin’ fab.

  • theblondette

    Quite classy for Versace!

    Also, I think when Lea Michele looks at herself, this is how she imagines herself to look. The green and yellow crotch-skimmer with sheer long skirt made me say her name as soon as I saw it. Her look, but more luxe, and slightly classier.

    SO many starlets are going to wear the short blue with the plunging neckline.

    My favourites are the ones that are a bit less obvious in their plunge/bustier neckline etc and are a bit more delicate and subtly (if one can be subtle in Versace) sexy. e.g. 12 and 19.

    DISLIKE the coat dresses. I bet tons of ladies will get the bronze-gold thing and all of them will remind me of the hooker in the Man with Two Brains. Duke, duke, duke of Earl.

  • Gorgeous dresses, but I loved the shoes the most. Right now, I need a pair on every color.

  • tereliz

    Where is my red carpet? Because I NEED a function to wear that citron halter gown to. Also a sugar daddy to pay for it.

    Oh, and remember that little girl from the Mulberry Fall 2012 Wild Things ad? That’s Lindsey Wixon at the top, glamming it up in that sweet A-line patent trench. 

  • Corsetmaker

    I really dislike that shiny organza used in a few of the dresses, it’s cheapening. Some nice elements but I still don’t really like the whole.

  • It will be interesting to see how these dresses look on mere humans. Really gorgeous collection, I like most of it a lot, but most of the models look sad. Maybe it’s those hiddy shoes.

  • alyce1213

    As a rule, I dislike Versace. But a lot of these are simply gorgeous, imaginative, stunning.

  • Kate4queen

    I think that’s my favorite Versace collection ever! Wow!

  • CheriCPat

    Where can I get those shoes?!?

  • too much see thru and slits up to the hip

  • Wow. I like most of those and even love a couple of them. That’s not something I ever thought I’d say about Versace. The only one I really don’t like is the yellow mesh thing. And the shoes. Ohmahholyhell! I’ve no idea where I’d ever wear them, but I covet. 

  • I like some of them, the first look especially.  What I can’t get into are the long dresses where the bottom half looks like she was caught in a wind tunnel and a bunch of grocery bags gathered around her waist, like look #2.

  • kimmeister

    Not a fan of the Wrestling Champion belts or the balconnette (or reverse-princess) bodices.  That 2nd gown will be incredibly hard for anyone to pull off without looking like she has a mile long torso.  I do love the peachy gown 5th from the bottom.

  • I think the dresses look lovely and even like the iridescent look of the skirts. They remind me of dragonfly wings.
    But for some reason the belts remind me of George Frazier’s or Muhammad Ali’s…maybe it is the giant Roman numerals in the middle of them. The belt worn by the blonde model wearing the short champagne dress doesn’t hit the same nerve.

  • hac51

    Donatella and I are in a fight right now due to her recent remarks about feminism…but damn do I love a lot of these looks.

  • Judy_J

    Flowy and showy and January Jonesy.

  • oatmealpie

    I look forward to seeing Katy Perry in dress #8, the stiff yellow and green one.

    • Snailstsichr

      My first impression was that Katy should contemplate most of the looks.

  • ceceliadid

     Many of these – the short, shaped dresses especially – look very much like the Balenciaga pieces Jennifer Connolly has modeled.

  • PeggyOC

    That is a whole lot of fug.  Donatella should be stopped.

  • Candigirl1968

    I spy Kristen Stewart in dress number 3 and Beyonce in the one after that.

  • another_laura

    I’m just not a Versace girl.  However, I totally agree with T Lo that we can expect to see these on many many many starlet bodies in the weeks to come.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Definitely will see many of these looks on the RC in the coming months, but the one transparent gown where I can see beige granny panties?  Please, no.

  • Second dress from top: KStew.

    I love the patterns and details on these–absolutely breath-taking.

  • …Also? I love that the models have simple, pretty hair instead of WTF all up on their scalps.

    Must be a relief for them.

  • PastryGoddess

    Ok so lets play which dress is January Jones going fail to pull off on the Red Carpet?
    1. The Bright blue one with cutouts?
    2. The nude one with the granny panties
    3. The purple one just under the nude?
    4. TBD

  • guest2visits

    Alot of these are gorgeous; in that celeb, RC kind of way. That gossamer fabric in party colors makes me think: Fantasy Barbie.
    I like the short ‘coat dress’ designs. Don’t like the see-through-to-the-crotch styling on most everything.
    Is there a name for the light, shimmery gossamer fabric ? I don’t think it’s silk or tulle.

  • My first thought was JLo would love the green ones.

    I like the collection over all, it’s chic and sexy but still slightly girly at the same time. I love the shade of purple/amethyst.

  • ghopping

    HATE the short minis, but LOVE the long, flowy gowns.

  • That second one screams Kristin Stewart to me. 

  • Jennifer L.

    Jessica Chastain in the icy blue number (9th from top)
    Zoe Saldana in the nude mesh (19th)
    Frieda Pinto in the lavendar cinched waist, although perhaps without the lettering (20th)

  • jilly_d

    WOW.  Love the green and yellow gown and the lavender drop-waist number.  I usually am not a Versace #1 fan, but these are definitely head-turning in a good way.

  • The short periwinkle/purple one that is basically a v-neck with a skirt? $50 says Kim Kardashian wears it within a month.

  • Tashina Savage

    I LOVE the gown, 12th photo down. I could see Florence Welch trying to work it.

  • joything

    I like, I like very much.  Now, *how* is this collection inspired by the Tarot?

  • lizajane1776

    Maybe it is just the model, but I see Angelina Jolie in #12. If she can break out of that black cage she has wrapped herself in.
    I like the teal shoes better than the nude ones, until I realized they reminded me of go-go boots.
    And bravo for having a more pink nude tone. The beiges would make me look like I were dead three days, but with that touch of pink, it might work. (If I lost more than half my weight and dyed my hair again. But the color would work with my skin tone.)

  • AudreysMom

    They may add a liner but I can easily see Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and Zoe Saldana in some of these. 

  • michelle shields

    very pretty! 8th from the top is stunning!

  • afabulous50

    These have Beyonce & JLo written all over them…

  • formerlyAnon

    I usually hate 85% of a Versace collection. The only thing I hate here is that shiny semi-transparent fabric on the skirts of some of the gowns (is it organza?). And I actually like, or mildly like 70-some percent of this, I’d guess.

    I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when the design decisions were made for this collection – is it a conscious change, or is it seen internally as a perfectly natural progression from years of much tackier, and recently often ugly, work?

    I think the waists shaped and patterned to be reminiscent of those WWF championship-style belts worn on the runway drag down some otherwise great dresses, but overall I don’t hate this Versace collection. I’m kind of stunned.

  • PinkLemon

    hating the color palette.

  • kim i

    i never thought i’d like a peach-colored gown, but it (like the first one) is TO DIE.

    • kim i

       replying to myself:  i’m calling halle berry for the peach gown.  anyone have any other nominations?

  • kim i

    and i want those shoes/boots/whatever they are in EVERY COLOR.

  • AuntieAnonny

    I like it!

    .. but for some reason I sense a lot of these being deemed “huge mistakes” in future RC posts.

  • Glammie

    I like these better than most of Donatella’s collections, but can’t see I see major inspiration from the Tarot from them.  She’s using roman numbers on the belts and some stars, but I really don’t see much else.  I mean, when I look at the dress with the X on the belt, I don’t make any connection to The Wheel of Fortune.  I’d be curious to know how DV considered herself inspired by the deck (and which version?  Visconti?  Marseilles?  Rider-Waite?)

  • bloggertobenamedlater

    Love. These are gorgeous and actually tasteful.  I could live without the purply pink bustier dress but otherwise, love. 

  • So I can’t tell if it’s just the dresses being poorly put together, or if the models are too scrawny, or both, but do the short and tight sculpted dresses (#s 3 and 10 come to mind) make the models’ hips look weird – or is it just that the models don’t have hips?  I can’t imagine a gal like Rihanna (who has lovely but existing hips) in a dress like that where it wouldn’t look positively weird.

    • Maddie_Faddenoid

      It’s not just the hips, it’s the busts, too. I don’t think they are very flattering on such thin women.

  • ooh!

  • Oooo! I love the flirty, floaty skirts. Those are gorgeous. The lavender gown is also very striking. I’m not sure I love the bodice’s as much. 

  • sockandaphone

    wow what gorgeous dresses. And nothing makes me more excited that on-point, simple styling on runway shows. 

  • talondrago

    I LOVE EVERY DRESS.  I want to work with her and learn from her.

  • LOVED the majority of these looks, and I am not usually the biggest Versace person. A couple of them look a little dated with the big, bejewled Wonder Woman belt, but for the most part: GORG. 

  • MzzPants

    Mother of God, I LOVE this collection.  Modern and feminine.

  • frankystein123


  • SophieCollier

    Some pretty things here.  Those gowns are made to be strutted in and I pity the starlet who has to stand still and try to look as magnificent.

  • quiltrx

    Overall, I really like this collection!  Great color story, and I like the play of structured and soft together.

  • PaulaBerman

    What is it with the wrestling belts this season? 

  • TomBord


  • The majority of the dresses were so incredibly ugly. Most of the coats werked, though. Can’t bear the My Little Pony palette.

  • I see Elizabeth Hurley in dress #2, KStew in #3, and Beyonce in #5.

  • DeTrop

    These are fabulous.  No criticism here.  

  • Cheri Lee


  •  I kept thinking of JLo and Kristen Stewart.

  • redgauntlet

    These are kind of cool and exciting – almost a blueprint of what ‘fashion’ is to an uneducated, non-industry eye such as mine.

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    OMG!!! FIERCE!!! LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVE every one of these pieces!! These girls look like live perfume bottles… gorgeous stuff!

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    The SHOES are  lovely – especially the blue number. 

  • ccm800

    KStew gonna rock the shit outta these minis

  • fursa_saida

    Kristen Stewart is going to be all over all of the minis. My first thought when I saw the last gown was Jennifer Lawrence, but the color might be wrong for her.

  • Maddie_Faddenoid

    I see Rosie Huntington-Whitely in a lot of the long, flowy ones.

  • bluefish

    Love all the short pieces and the shoes!  Versace plus some self-control tends to equal pretty and original garments.

  • julesj

    guess which one I could see Sharon Stone in? (hint: nipples)

  • DCSheehan

    Once again you girls get all the good clothes! I love every single thing here.

  • piecesofconfetti

    Eh. I only like the last one. 

  • bitterk

    Wow, I was expecting to gag but this wasn’t quite so bad.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Skank bride. A lot of this looks like pre-wedding Aguilera to me. Can’t wait to see some of the edgier starlets give some of this a go, particular the pink gown and the green gown.

  • aristida_girl

    LOVE IT ALL! Probably has nothing to do with my stint as a tarot reader in my teens 🙂