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Donatella Is So Fab, Says Lady Gaga

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Donatella Versace, Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s album ArtPop was officially released today. And aside from the past month’s leaked tracks and her already-praised “Applause”—which, may we add, includes a nod to Jeff Koons—we’ve been curious to hear “Donatella,” the rumored ode to Ms. Versace. Well, the wait is over, and we can report that the song opens with what sounds like a champagne pour, followed by the spoken intro: “I am so fab./ Check out./ I’m blond./ I’m skinny./ I’m rich./ And I’m a little bit of a bitch.” Naturally, we were not disappointed.

While the pop star’s love of extreme sartorial self-expression is ever-apparent (did anyone not see the flying dress she wore to her art rave last night?),”Donatella,” is a reminder that Mother Monster can appreciate a trend. After all, the pre-chorus asks, “What do you wanna wear this spring?/ What do you think is the new thing?/ What do you wanna wear this season?” Oh, Gaga. We thought you’d never ask!.

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Versace and the Haas Brothers Strike Gold

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Nikolai Haas and Simon Haas

“I was shaking,” said Simon Haas of the first time he met Donatella Versace. Clearly, he and brother Nikolai have gotten over their initial nerves, because last night at Versace’s Soho store, the designers celebrated their second capsule for the house. Displayed in all its gilded glory, the range of homewares and fashion objects (available starting today) was no doubt worthy of the Versace name. A golden honeycomb and Medusa iPhone cover was a hit among guests (the brothers made matching compact mirrors, cigarette cases, and lighter holders, too), and the black and gold shackle cuffs, clutches, and belts; Medusa-pendant chains; and clever tie clips looked as though they could walk down Donatella’s runway. On the objet d’ art front, there were leopard statuettes in exotic colors, and rounding out the offering was an assortment of printed T-shirts covered in a mélange of Versace iconography. “The [black and gold] one was actually just the cover of our presentation,” said Simon, “but Donatella loved it so much that she told us it had to be a T-shirt. She’s the most supportive, visionary person ever.”

After the cocktail party, the likes of Waris Ahluwalia, Michael Avedon, Patrick Li, and Maria Cornejo headed to the Mercer Kitchen for an intimate dinner. And considering guests are always late to fashion fetes, it was somewhat surprising that nearly all the invitees turned up promptly at 8:30. “Of course, everyone’s on time,” said Cornejo, laughing, who just returned from an emotional trip to her native Chile. “They’re on time because there’s food!”

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M.I.A. x Versus: Accept No Imitations

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MIA x VersusIt’s official. Versace and M.I.A. have confirmed a nineteen-piece collaborative collection for the house’s Versus line. The musician follows in the footsteps of J.W. Anderson, who unveiled his collection for the brand back in May. In an attempt to “invert the circle” of copycat fashion, the singer drew inspiration from the concept of counterfeiting—and Donatella is on board. “I adore the energy of the street, so when M.I.A. proposed to expose the issue of counterfeit Versace pieces by creating a collaboration inspired by these items, I thought it was an incredible idea,” she told WWD. No word yet on where Paris fashion week’s Vaccarello for Versus rumors came from, but the M.I.A. x Versus collection will go on sale October 16.

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House of Versace Is Coming to a TV Screen Near You

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Gina Gershon

Among designers, Donatella Versace’s story is one of the more dramatic ones. Here is a woman who has dealt with family tragedy, betrayal, addiction, and disapproving male authorities, and seems to have come out fabulously on top. You might say her tale has the makings of a Lifetime movie.

Which is exactly what it is now. Last night, the likes of Helena Christensen and Michael Stipe headed to the Museum of Modern Art, where the network screened its new biopic, House of Versace, with the Cinema Society. Like the book on which it’s based—Deborah Ball’s attention-getting 2010 exposé —the telefilm is unauthorized by its subject. The house of Versace didn’t participate in the Lifetime movie and dismissed it in a recent statement as “a work of fiction.”

That said, star Gina Gershon has the designer’s self-presentation down pat: the mannerisms, the sense of humor, the distinctively indistinct approach to English. Gershon smoked “one or two packs a day” to prepare for the role, she explained before last night’s screening, and walked around in higher heels than usual to perfect the gait. To keep her face resembling Versace’s as the years passed, Gershon added, “I tried a little bit of cotton, a little bit of gum. It kept falling out. I ended up using Scotch tape.” Hey, it’s a TV movie.

Director Sara Sugarman attended the same arts school as a child as Naomi Campbell, and considered reaching out. “I wanted to, but they thought it was a bad idea,” she explained. “I think they thought our budget was stretched enough without getting Naomi Campbell to be in one scene.”

House of Versace airs on Lifetime on Saturday, October 5, at 8 p.m.

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M.I.A. x Versus? No One on the Corner Would Have Swagger Like This

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MIAWhile the Anthony Vaccarello for Versus rumors were just starting to sink in, the latest buzz about town is that M.I.A. is the next collaborator in line for Versace’s diffusion line, Versus. “I have a collaboration with Versace coming out in two weeks,” the English-Sri Lankan recording artist told WWD. Although the announcement feels a bit late, the timing might work in her favor—with her new album, Matangi, slated to drop on Nov. 5.

Though strictly musical, M.I.A.’s past collaborations have involved notable names such as Madonna (remember that Super Bowl half-time show?) and American deejay Diplo (who you can thank for the beat behind Beyoncé’s “Run the World”), so we’re not surprised that the singer would work with the Italian powerhouse. Nor does this seem an unlikely match for Donatella, who tapped rapper Angel Haze and singer Grimes to perform at her Versus relaunch earlier this year. Just a bona fide hustler making her name, M.I.A. seems fit to bring her street spirit to the Versus line—should the rumors be true, of course.

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