Close up: Atelier Versace FW18 haute couture

Versace’s update resulted in major, major evening—a bravura performance of high octane, super sexy, and exquisitely and inventively worked looks, all bronze metallic scale embroideries, silver chains suspended in cobweb-like formations, and an embellishment that looked like crystal but which was actually beads faced with silver leaf.

Eschewing the big production presentation afforded a chance to see the (rather incredible) handwork techniques close up. Not that everything was entirely hand-crafted.

A few looks featured the first time the house had tried 3D printing—an intricate scrolling neckline of a long gilded dress, and two snake-motif jeweled belts that encircled the waists of two dresses, one short and a miracle of sculpted pleats, the other an ultra-chic navy chiffon floor-length dress veiling a gleaming chainmail body. Less is more but—this is Versace after all—more is more too. (