Paris couture week kicked off on Sunday (January 30) with Donatella Versace revealing her latest creations for Atelier Versace, the haute couture wing of the Italian label's fashion empire.

Atelier Versace explored the glamour and elegance of black-and-white photographs and movies and the play of light and shadow, through glittering cocktail dresses, voluminous trenches and evening dresses fitted at the front before falling into a mermaid trail.

"Versace glamour has been evolving during the times and today in this collection I see a woman that she wants to reveal but she wants also to conceal," said designer Donatella Versace about her glittering collection of fluorescent hues and real gold detailing.

"I'm very happy to have people around me I can discuss with, I can confront myself, have people from all over the world, young designers like 20 or so designers, older designers and not necessarily with the same tastes," she said before the show.

Celebrities in attendance included actress Uma Thurman.

"They make beautiful gowns for me all the time so it is my great pleasure to be here and see their couture show," Thurman said as she arrived surrounded by photographers.

Playing with light, the team of designers headed by Donatella Versace chose tiny sequins, creating shimmering fabrics thanks to the use of crystals.

The star of the catwalk was 43 year-old top model Naomi Campbell, who wowed audiences wearing a black micro sequin jacket constructed using hook and eyes to hold it together.

It was the first time Campbell had cat-walked for Versace since the tragic death of Gianni Versace, murdered in 1997.

"Unbelievable, unbelievable, way to start and way to finish," said American actor Zachary Quinto of Campbell's surprise appearance.

Presented by Adam Justice