Madame de Pompadour meets Prince: That’s the fantasy tryst Donatella Versace arranged for her winter couture extravaganza. Mixing the delicate bois de rose and pistachio green of 18th-century Fragonard paintings with hard-rockin’ croc and leather, Donatella said, “It’s romantic and hard at the same time. My feminine side, and my stubborn side, too.” The show delivered an eyeful of full-on Versace decadence—and remarkable craftsmanship—to an audience that included P. Diddy, Elizabeth Hurley (in plunging floor-length gold lace), George Michael and Chloë Sevigny.

A haul of priceless fabrics—including brocades rewoven from eighteenth-century patterns and extraordinary antique lace found in Venice and Florence—was cut and spliced and molded to fit the world’s most beautiful bodies to perfection. The Prince influence was in the wide-lapelled coats: nipped at the waist, gorgeously patchworked or embroidered with jet leopard-spot beading and with rich linings of silk and lace cuffs trailing from the sleeve. As for Madame de Pompadour, she was down to her skimpies in a second, frolicking in flirtatious thigh-high corset dresses smothered in silver antique lace.

Evening gowns had all the traditional Versace hallmarks—long, plunging and clinging to every curve for dear life. Heralding a comeback for the all-woman hourglass silhouette, this was a collection full of killer style for all those deluxe dates in the lives of twenty-first-century rock royalty.