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


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Versus Versace

House of Versace Is Coming to a TV Screen Near You


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


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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Is Donatella Versace Fashion’s Sexiest Feminist?


Donatella VersaceFeminism is emerging as a strong Spring ’14 theme—just look at Prada’s triumphant parade of girl power or Eddie Borgo’s Riot Grrrl-inspired range. Donatella Versace, who sent her skin-baring collection down the runway on Friday, joined the conversation this weekend, sounding off about feminism and sexy frocks in an interview with The Independent. “Every woman likes sex. If they don’t like it, they should go to a shrink!” she said in reference to her sultry wares. “I’m not talking about sex-shop dresses, but dresses that can help you look better than you are and more confident…. When you are confident wearing certain kinds of clothes, you are more confident about your ideas and have more courage to say…your opinions,” she explained, later adding, “Sexy clothes don’t only express ‘I want sex,’ but courage. ‘This is me, this is my courage. You need to confront me.” She definitely has a point—power dressing comes in all silhouettes and shades these days. However, we have a feeling that a sheer V-neck gown cut down to here might tempt one’s company to focus on something other than her “opinions.”

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House of Ver-sase?


Gina Gershon and Donatella Versace

Gina Gershon—actress of Face/Off, P.S. I Love You, and, yes, Showgirls fame—has been tapped to play Donatella Versace in the upcoming made-for-TV biopic House of Versace. We don’t suspect there will be a pronunciation slipup in honor of Gershon’s Showgirls co-star, Elizabeth Berkley, but we definitely wouldn’t oppose it.