3 MARCH 2009 Although she usually keeps a relatively low profile compared to her jet-setter mum Donatella, Allegra Versace was front row to see the family firm unveil its sensual proposals for autumn/winter at Milan Fashion Week. She was kept company by celebrity photographer Mario Testino.
After spring/summer's toned-down designs, her mother proposed a return to va-va-voom eveningwear for next season.
Maxi dresses were slit to the thigh, shoulders were bare and minis were slashed in a manner which recalled Elizabeth Hurley's famous safety-pin creation.
Evening gowns were also a prominent element in Dsquared twins Dean and Dan Caten's grunge-meets-sophistication' collection. The Canadian design duo intermingled the eveningwear with skimpy, knitted minis and leggings to create a multi-layered uniform for the urban cool.
Fendi's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, meanwhile, sent out Joan of Arc-styled heroines in a moulded leather bustiers and romantic crimson velvet dresses.
Dolce & Gabbana created a buzz in the Italian fashion capital, too, taking their inspiration from the surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Man Ray.
Marilyn Monroe was a special guest star, appearing on puffballs, crinolines and a silk evening gown that made for a stunning finale.
The celebrity-heavy audience, among them Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, and Naomi Watts, loved it all, applauding enthusiastically after sending snappers into overdrive when they made their entrance.