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Versace’s corseted woman

AP/AFP – The corset gave shape to Donatella Versace’s latest collection, which offered looks for women of a broad range of sizes.

The bustier appeared on its own under suits, in satiny pastels, or incorporated into slinky slip dresses, as a sort of breastplate on clinging tops and even as a detail on a long leather—- jacket.

The silhouette ran from loose trousers, with businesslike pinstripes or checks contrasting with bra tops under open suit jackets; or elastic pull-on Morticia-style skirts in bubblegum pink or acid green. Tweed was frayed, appearing as dress bound by a corset, or as jacket and mini-skirt sets.

Versace said the looks were built on “contrast and tension – like an elastic band pulled tight and about to snap back with a build-up of energy”.


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