Haute couture alive and well as Versace kicks off new collections
For years, fashion pundits and sceptics alike have been predicting the death of what may seem as an archaic and overly-indulgent discipline.
But the autumn/winter 2012 collections, which kicked off at the Ritz in Paris last night with Donatella Versace's first Atelier Versace catwalk show since 2004, show that haute couture is thriving.
There may be no more than a few hundred women wealthy enough to afford couture, but industry figures say the business is "an active one". (© Independent News Service)