August 2 2014

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65 posts tagged "Donatella Versace"

January Heats Up; Anna Dello Russo: The Early Years; Gemma Ward At Sea; And More…


January Jones’ first campaign for Versace has leaked, and she’s no repressed housewife here. The woman best known as Mrs. Betty Draper Francis was shot by Mario Testino in nothing but a bag and a pair of shoes. “I am always on the lookout for the next Versace blonde,” Donatella Versace told WWD. “She is chic and elegant but deeply sensual, too.” Sterling Cooper is reportedly scrambling to pick up the Versace account for next season. [WWD]

Speaking of spokesmodels: If you’ve ever wanted to see an 18-year-old Anna Dello Russo in an Italian TV ad for ricotta cheese, well, here you go. (And kudos on your ultra-specific, exquisite tastes.) [Fashionista]

The trailer for the latest in the seemingly endless Pirates of the Caribbean series is out, with Johnny Depp once again leading the charge as a Keef-inspired pirate. But this time around, we’re just as interested in Gemma Ward, who has a cameo as a man-eating (figuratively, we think) mermaid. Check her out at 1:52 and 2:07. [Fashionologie]

The outdoorsmen trend in menswear has made for a lot of hunting jackets designed by guys who don’t know a rifle from a raffle. But Alabama-based Billy Reid ain’t one of ‘em—as this video shot by Gilt Manual attests, he knows his way around his firearms. [Gilt Manual]

Photo: Mario Testino/Courtesy of Versace

St.-Trop. To MePa, Copping Chez Coco, Versace Keeps Up With The Jones, And More…


It never goes far out of style, but Saint-Tropez enjoyed a renewed moment in the sun this past Resort season, when Karl Lagerfeld led the troops there for his collection presentation. Didn’t make it? Neither did Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of New York and Atlanta’s Jeffrey boutiques—so Chanel is setting up a six-week pop-up shop modeled on St.-Trop’s Café Sénéquier at his Meatpacking District store. Cheaper than a flight! (But with what you’re likely to spend there, maybe not by much.) [WWD]

Like Coco Rocha’s New York apartment? It can be yours. The model’s pad is on the market—it was recently dropped to a mere $1.59 million—so she and new husband James Conran can move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [NYT]

Get a sneak peek of Valentino’s capsule collection for the Gap, created to celebrate the American retailer’s debut in Italy. But if you want it, get ready to travel—it will be available only in Milan, Paris, and London. [Telegraph]

The new face of Versace: Betty Draper—uh, we mean January Jones. Donatella Versace has tapped the Mad Men star for her latest campaign. Close watchers shouldn’t be too surprised: Jones has favored Versace dresses for months now, and showed up at the label’s Spring ’11 show in Milan (left, with Allegra Versace). [WWD]

Lanvin x H&M hit stores this weekend, and the crowds, predictably, went wild. Reports are coming in from all over of endless lines and pre-dawn queuing-up: By 6 a.m., there were reportedly already 100 people waiting outside a San Diego H&M. [Racked]

And Thanksgiving is this week, which means Black Friday—the discount-shopping day that occasionally leads to sprees—is just five days away. Saturday Night Live offered a parodic take on discount mania starring a Four Loko-addled Anne Hathaway; here’s hoping it remains a cautionary fable, rather than a reality. [Hulu]

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School’s In Backstage At Versus


Francesca Versace—yes, of those Versaces—writes in from her jaunts around Milan fashion week.

I did a double take when I got to the Versus show at Teatro Versace yesterday—the yard, the grass, the playground equipment. But once I got backstage and saw the collection and the young models, it all made sense. We’re back in school—fitting for me, at least, since Christopher Kane and I are old school chums.

Backstage, it’s like a full-blown atelier—some dresses are still being altered, and the young dolls are getting their super-straight, super-long extensions put in. Between those, and the explosion of color mixed with tartans and florals, I instantly think of an adolescent Donatella. I check in on Christopher as he gushes over the flower prints and shows me some of the killer color-blocked heels and sweet yet sexy backpack purses. As Aunt Do is checking all the final details.

Then it’s on to the show. The playground is the new runway, and I must say it fits. Either that, or the girls are experts in keeping in character. I went backstage to congratulate them and caught the action as they shot the lookbook. They were pouty schoolgirls to the very end.
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The View From Backstage At Versace


Francesca Versace—yes, of those Versaces—writes in from her jaunts around Milan fashion week.

It’s pouring in Milan, but nothing stops a Versace show. I head over to the Versace Teatroù in the flirty, electric blue Versus dress I decided on. Why not add a bit of thunder to all the rain?

I arrive at the show and duck backstage—my favorite part is seeing it all come together. I spot the outrageously gifted makeup artist Pat McGrath and the hair maestro Guido Palau, and all the bags and shoes ready to hit the runway. And all the amazing models in their natural habitat, so to speak—Abbey, Kori (getting ready, above), Freja (below), Ginta, all the top girls are here. I’ve always loved models. Thanks to my uncle Gianni, I never really had to play with Barbie dolls when I was a child. Who’d want to, when you had Claudia, Naomi, Linda, and Cindy to play dress up with?

Right away I spot my must-have dress: a fringed number printed with the Versace signature Grecian key. The fervor is escalating, and there’s my aunt Do, the calm eye of the storm, giving her final interview. Later, there’ll be an intimate dinner, and a raucous after-party—at one point, my cousin Allegra, January Jones, and I will all be dancing right in front of Hercules and Love Affair—but for now, it’s all about the show. I rush to my seat beside my father, Santo, to take it in.
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In Milan, Celebrating Who’s On Next


Francesca Versace—yes, of those Versaces—writes in from her jaunts around Milan fashion week.

Milan may be an ancient and tradition-bound city, but like everywhere else, it’s got an eye out for Who’s On Next. That’s just what was being celebrated at a cocktail party at the magnificent Palazzo Morando yesterday, where the sixth winner of the emerging-designer prize was announced.

Last year’s winner, Marco de Vincenzo, told me that even after winning, the path to success is still long. But that shouldn’t dampen the spirits of this year’s winner, Erkan Çoruh (pictured, with Harper’s Bazaar‘s Sophia Neophitou). It’s hard to imagine anything dampening footwear designer Jerome C. Rousseau’s—he smiles at me and tells me about the twin inspirations for his modern, colorful shoes: Keith Haring and Grace Jones.

Elsewhere, I spot the milliner Justin Smith of J Smith Esq, and Zara Gorman, whose Perspex and leather hats are architecturally inspired. And then there’s my friend Mirco Giovannini, whose dress I’m wearing tonight. Everywhere, the up-and-coming are being celebrated. “Viva i young,” the Moschillo family shouts. My aunt Donatella is a bit more pragmatic. “Bravi,” she told me, “but they still have to sweat.” “Let’s see who survives,” Diego Della Valle added gravely.

But tonight is about congratulations, not predictions of doom. Here’s hoping the spotlight on Milanese design will shine again on Milan as the fashion capital of the world. There’s no place like it—no place like home.