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Jennifer Garner's Oscars Dress Inspired Versace's Couture Collection

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"Donatella told me that dress had inspired this whole collection in a way," says the actress.

At this year's Oscars, Jennifer Garner’s black Versace stunner was literally breathtaking — so much so that the actress couldn’t breathe in the tightly corseted gown. Now it’s inspired the house’s latest Haute Couture collection.

"Donatella told me that dress had inspired this whole collection in a way, and so she asked me if I would come," the Miracles From Heaven star said at the label's couture show in Paris on Sunday.

"I loved the dress that she put me in for the Oscars," she added, calling the designer "inspiring."


VA-VA-VOOM: Jennifer Garner at the 2016 Oscars (left) and the Atelier Versace Haute Couture show on Sunday. (Photos: Getty Images)

The Alias alum had a mini reunion with co-star Bradley Cooper in the front row, while he chatted with Naomi Campbell as girlfriend Irina Shayk walked.

The collection certainly played on Garner’s Oscar silhouette, with many dresses constructed in a similar, sculptural silhouette. But there were also bows doubling and belts and shorter skirts, with the dreamy draped coats as some of the strongest looks.

Donatella added a dash of 1990s supermodel style: Karen Elson opened in one of the slinky, off-the shoulder robes and Carolyn Murphy closed the show in a structured lavender gown. Model of the moment Bella Hadid walked in between for good measure.


ON THE RUNWAY: Models on the Atelier Versace Haute Couture fall 2016 runway. (Photos: Getty Images)

The Hollywood Reporter power stylist Cristina Ehrlich, who put Brie Larson in a powder-blue Versace gown at this year's SAG Awards, predicted this collection will soon make its way from the runway to the red carpet. "With the open neckline and a lot of the cross-body draping, I think this is especially [made] for actresses," she said, noting that most are petite and hit the height mark in the low five-foot range.

"Dresses that already create a sculpted look and give a shape, then you’re a step ahead," said the stylist, who stayed mum on whether we'd see Larson, Anna Kendrick or Allison Williams wearing Donatella’s dresses next. "This collection has a lot of red-carpet potential, we'll see," she added.

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