By Thomas Adamson, AP
PARIS–Spring-summer couture shows blossomed into focus Monday — parading their silken, and often sexy, savoir faire to front rows spilling with celebrities from Uma Thurman, Kate Bosworth to Rita Ora.
Here are the highlights of the 2016 collections. Rita Ora Hits Versace with Invisible Underwear All eyes were on British singer Ora who arrived at the Versace Atelier show to a flurry of paparazzi flashes.
The 25-year-old star wore a red cutout mini dress — with invisible underwear — and sandals inspired by the Italian house’s spring-summer 2016 collection.
“I love Versace,” she purred from the front row in a carpeted pavilion in Paris’ exclusive Place Vendome. Versace Atelier “I was born with a body to manifest my power,” boomed the soundtrack to Donatella Versace’s flesh-baring and architectural couture show.
It was a feminism of sorts — Versace-style — a collection of 46 assertive looks that seemed to say a woman’s body can be a force to be reckoned with.
Sporty white skirt and pant-suits began the collection with dangerous flashes of primary red and yellow, giving way to floor length light turquoise and blue silk gowns gathered sometimes in strong rope-like sections.
Then the Italian designer got creative — exploring the metaphor that a body — like a building — can be a strong, architectural structure.
Interlocking panels, and, as the program notes described, cinch waisted dresses “caged by cutouts,” gave a steely strength to the sometimes 180-centimeter-tall models.
While, a white jumpsuit with draped back was held by a harness of hand-embroidered micro-paillettes.
“I believe women can be powerful and achieve their dreams while also having great elegance and beauty,” the 60-year-old designer said.
“This is a collection for all women who walk their own path.”
Dior’s Studio Show It shocked the fashion world in October when Dior’s latest star designer Raf Simons resigned.
Many were baffled, since it came just a few months after the release of the highly-publicized documentary, “Dior and I,” which explored the Belgian-born designer’s beginnings at the iconic Parisian house.
Christian Dior’s first couture show since Simons left took place on Monday — designed, the house said, by “the studio.”
A group of unnamed atelier designers came out at the end of the valiant job-well-done to take a deserved bow.
It was against the rather symbolic decor of 360-degree, identity-less mirrors.