VERSACE is returning to the couture catwalk in July with two shows at Paris' iconic Ritz Hotel. The label returned to the schedule last season to show its spring/summer 2012 collection via a presentation - and the venue choice marks another return to familiar ground for Donatella Versace.
The venue was the site of her brother Gianni's last runway show in 1997 before his death, as well as many other Atelier Versace shows until the line was suspended in 2004. The hotel will close on July 31 for extensive renovation following the show on July 1.
"It is with tremendous emotion that I return to the Ritz where I shared so many special moments with my brother," Donatella Versace told WWD. "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."