- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

PARIS (AP) - “I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time,” Lady Gaga once said. And the fashion-inspired singer reigned supreme at the opening of Paris’ luxuriant haute couture shows. Monday marked the first full day of the spring-summer 2014 displays in Paris, including collections from Christian Dior Couture, Giambattista Valli and Schiaparelli.

Here are some key moments and tidbits from the day.

LADY GAGA AT VERSACE

She may not yet have changed the world, but Lady Gaga almost upstaged the clothes at the Atelier Versace couture show on Sunday night.

The slim bottle-blond singer, who sported a black hooded Versace look with draped silk jersey gown, a full train and open back, observed from the front row. She gave a standing ovation to the tiny Donatella Versace - looking like her twin, also in black - as she walked down the catwalk to cap the collection.

Gaga, who featured in Versace’s spring advertising campaign, was responsible for the show soundtrack, with remixed versions of her hits with lyrics such as “I’m skinny and I’m loving it” blasting out.

In fact, skinniness was the defining characteristic of the decadent show. And not just in the super-cinched couture silhouettes. The width of this show’s seating was narrowed to under 30 cm (12 inches), and barely could accommodate a normal-sized human posterior.

INSPIRED BY GRACE JONES

Grace Jones, the iconic singer who often wore hoods, inspired Donatella Versace’s bejeweled couture show.

Hoods in black, brash acid green and lilac blue came in satin silk or jersey or simply dripped in mesh made of tiny chains and crystals with the aggressive sexuality of the fiery Jamaican-born model.

Waists were cinched with bustiers, sometimes alongside draping or a white fox and mink fur coat.

Elsewhere, embellishments on sheer fabric looked like tattoos on the skin - among the best looks - and led the eye down to inches upon inches of exposed leg.

If there was any doubt as to the kind of woman Versace was designing for the program notes said it all: a “contemporary goddess.”

In other words, mere mortals (real women) may well have slim pickings inside Donatella’s super-real imagination.

But this is couture, not ready to wear, and it’s meant to make people dream. At the very least, it’s clear that Versace aims to push her version of female beauty to the very highest imagined limit.

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