Donatella Versace has announced that she will be returning to the Ritz Paris in July to show her upcoming AW12/13 Atelier Versace couture collection.
The iconic hotel has poignant memories for Donatella, as her brother Gianni Versace hosted numerous Atelier Versace shows at the iconic venue, until his last collection there in July 1997.
Donatella last showed at the Ritz Paris in January 2004. She is scheduled to show two Atelier Versace runway shows in the Ritz’s Salon Vendôme on the evening of Sunday July 1. This will also be one of the last major events to take place at the Ritz Paris, before it closes its doors for a major two year refurbishment at the end of July.
Donatella said: “It is with tremendous emotion that I return to the Ritz where I shared so many special moments with my brother. 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.”
Atelier Versace returned to the Paris couture calendar last January, with a presentation at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Fans of the label include Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Uma Thurman.