Atelier Versace Spring Summer 2013

Paris Haute Couture Launch with Kevin Costner, Olivier Munn, Ne-Yo, Melissa George and Princess Charlene at Atelier Versace


Ever since Angelina Jolie bared her leg at last year’s Academy Awards, super-high side-slits have skyrocketed in popularity, thanks to her gown by Atelier Versace. So what better designer than Versace could kick off the spring/summer 2013 haute couture shows in a surprisingly snow-covered Paris?

Click here to read my take on the Jan. 20 show for the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times, and about the eclectic audience of celebrities in attendance. They included the Grammy Award-winning Ne-Yo; Princess Charlene of Monaco; Kevin Costner, there with his wife Christine and mother-in-law Judy Hardy; and Olivia Munn of “The Newsroom,” and Melissa George of “Hunted.”

Since Jolie’s Oscar appearance, Lea Michele, Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria, Elie Saab, Heidi Klum, Halle Berry and Rosie Huntington Whiteley have rocked the red carpet in side-slit gowns at the Golden Globes, while Nicole Kidman, Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Emily Blunt, Mayim Bialik and Lea Michele continued the craze at the SAG Awards.

So when I went backstage following the Atelier Versace show, I couldn’t help but ask Donatella Versace about her trend-setting creation for Jolie. 

Deferring to her client, the Italian designer said, “That is Angelina – she likes the high slits,” adding, “Angelina is fabulous.”

Fabulous, too, were the fashions in Versace’s spring/summer collection. And lest anyone doubt the luxury factor inherent in the designs, some dresses featured pinstripes of 24-karat gold.

Check out the photo gallery below for a look at the fashions, celebrities, clients and others.



Top photo: Donatella Versace talking with the press backstage following the presentation of Atelier Versace spring summer 2013 (photo:

Center photo: Olivia Munn of “The Newsroom,” left, and Princess Charlene of Monaco, right, at Atelier Versace spring summer 2013 (That’s Grammy Award-winning Ne-Yo facing left)

Bottom photo: From the Atelier Versace spring summer 2013 collection of fashions (photo:



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Atelier Versace Spring Summer 2013

Published Jan. 28, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA