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65 posts tagged "Donatella Versace"

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.

Photo:Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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.

Photo: Getty Images

Is Donatella Versace Fashion’s Sexiest Feminist?

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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.”

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ InDigitalImages.com

House of Ver-sase?

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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.

Cross My Heart

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Versace, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Michael Kors, Bouchra Jarrar

This month at the Fall ’13 Couture shows, a string of designers skipped the strapless cut and instead embraced a crisscross or strip of fabric just above the heart. “The cross-body neckline is a modern look at Couture,” stylist Jessica de Ruiter explains. “It allows for a flash of skin despite the dress being quiet, covered with long sleeves, or classic in its silhouette.”

At Atelier Versace, Donatella deftly proved her hand at Couture (having returned to show again in Paris only a year and a half ago) with a striking body-con number featuring open panels, which, to de Ruiter’s point, revealed nothing and everything all at once. Subtle seduction appeared at Bouchra Jarrar, too, where the designer paired the cross-my-heart neckline with menswear separates, tempering its overt sex appeal with trousers. And Alexandre Vauthier brought a new draped take to the trend, artfully crossing the fabric over the chest while still leaving plenty of skin on display. The design even made its way across the Atlantic, landing on Catherine Zeta-Jones at New York’s Red 2 premiere. She donned a revelatory Michael Kors (from Fall ’13, no less) that kept the trend on track despite New York’s near-triple-digit weather.

Photos: Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Versace);  Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com (Catherine Zeta-Jones); Allesandro Viero/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Bouchra Jarrar)