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by on April 24, 2012

The Ritz Paris, where Gianni Versace held his final runway show, will close for renovations on July 31, but not before Donatella can storm the runway to present Atelier Versace‘s fall 2012 couture collection.

Atelier Versace Putting Back on the Ritz in Return to Runway

Photo: WWD

“It is with tremendous emotion that I return to the Ritz where I shared so many special moments with my brother,” Donatella Versace said. “The closing of the Ritz Paris for two years represents the end of an era but also the beginning of a new one, so to be able to show Atelier Versace there one last time will be a memorable milestone.”

Between 1990 and 2004, the Ritz saw many an Atelier show, though last year was the first in several that Atelier Versace returned to the couture calendar.  It’s presentation at the Quai Malaquais, however, raised a few eyebrows.

Okay, raised Cathy Horyn‘s eyebrow.

In her not particularly flattering review of the spring 2012 haute couture collection, Horyn harped on the collection’s awkward staging, describing a tense and unwelcoming atmosphere that “might have been eliminated had Ms. Versace just staged a normal show.”

Well,  Cath, you’re getting your wish. Donatella and co. will go back to the runway in the hotel’s Salon Vandome on July 1, hosting not one but two shows. [Vogue UK]


Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail

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