McMenamy and Co. Brave Paris' Bad Weather to Party With Versace
In between the Atelier Versace show in the deuxième arrondissement and Donatella Versace's after-party in the eighth, a carful of editors crossed paths with exactly no one. Paris was dead on Sunday night, with the remnants of a freak snowstorm still gumming up the unplowed streets.
Inside the Bristol hotel was a different story. In one corner, Olivia Munn and Princess Charlene of Monaco were chatting like old friends. In another, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Jacquelyn Jablonski, all fresh off the runway, held court. "Is there food here?" Lindsey Wixson asked. "We just finished working; we're starving." In fact, there was food: tasty risotto and even tastier foie gras candy floss.
But the center of attention—she just can't help it—was Kristen McMenamy, who an hour or two before had opened the show, and closed it in raunchy fashion, grabbing her crotch for the photographers' pit. Clad in a super-tiny minidress and squiring her newish boyfriend, the millionaire art dealer Ivor Braka (they couldn't take their hands off each other), McMenamy shimmied on the dance floor with the Brant boys and riffed on her Versace experience now and then.
"Me and Donatella go so far back, we won't admit how far back," she started. "When she asked me to do the show, it was like coming home to family. Versace is my fashion family. I think that Donatella carries the name. Gianni would be proud, even impressed. Like, 'My sister is doing that!'"
It was fitting, then, that Mr Hudson, who's worked with Kanye West, performed Alphaville's 1984 hit "Forever Young" when Versace made her late entrance.