12 posts tagged "Gianni Versace"
“I wanted to share my collection with others so they could get a glimpse of the joys, the thrills, and the pure happiness that these beautiful creations have given me,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. It’s a line that now covers one of the purple walls at Christie’s New York, where the Hollywood legend’s jewels, clothes, handbags, and artwork have arrived after a two-month-long world tour. There’s the expected bling and baubles, most notably the Cartier Taj Mahal diamond (bidding to begin at $300,000), the 33.19-carat diamond ring Richard Burton bought her in 1968 (they were married—for the first time—in 1964), and the ruby necklace, bracelet, and earring set given to her by Mike Todd that she famously wore for laps in the pool.
But the famous jewels are only part of the story. “No one knew she had this enormous collection of clothing,” said Meredith Etherington-Smith, Christie’s curator for the Taylor fashion auction, during a private preview and luncheon of the exhibition this afternoon, co-hosted by Christie’s chairman Marc Porter and Orianne Collins. “We knew she would run around in caftans—we didn’t know Ms. Taylor was buying serious fashion for over 50 years. And when I say serious, I mean couture.”
Of course, there’s a chorus line of Taylor’s infamous Thea Porter caftans on display, but other highlights in the multi-floor exhibition are the evening bolero jackets by Gianni Versace (“some of the best things Versace ever did,” according to Etherington-Smith), Taylor’s Louis Vuitton luggage collection with lavender name tags (they read MINE), her red velvet Valentino evening gown (they were great friends), and her incredible collection of Dior evening dresses. “There’s the last Dior dress with red bugle beads that was designed for Taylor by John Galliano in 2010, and it comes with a wonderful letter explaining that no, it won’t be transparent when you wear it,” said Etherington-Smith. “At that point, she was confined to a wheelchair but she could still order up a mean Dior.”
Taylor, say the Christie’s team, was a collector and curator as much as a fashion plate. “This is about connoisseurship and collecting, not consumption,” Porter told Style.com. “To learn that she was one of the most refined collectors of our time was an absolute revelation.”
The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor exhibition runs December 3-12, Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, $30 admission. Online auction runs December 3-16.
Everything’s coming up Donatella. With print mania gripping the runways, Versace has been enjoying a renewed moment in the (presumably Miami) sun. The label, in its Gianni-designed days, led the charge for more-is-more prints, and Gianni’s sister has proven herself an excellent interpreter of his vision. Her Versace for H&M collection, which debuts next month, is an homage of sorts to the label’s heady, print-y heyday—an education in history Versace-style, at an affordable price. But those with more to spend can head to Versace boutiques for another blast from the past. To celebrate the renewed interest in printed silk shirts, Donatella is reissuing several classic styles from the archive. They’ve influenced plenty of other designers since, but nobody does them better than the Versace family, then or now.
Silk shirts, $1,275 each, available at select Versace boutiques. For more information, call (888) 721-7219.
Scarf prints, bondage straps, studded leathers—fashion is having a vintage Versace moment. That fact hasn’t been lost on Donatella Versace herself: She brought the house down last month with a menswear show that paid homage to the motifs that her late brother Gianni made famous in the eighties and early nineties. Back then, glamazon supermodels—Gianni’s designs helped make Linda, Christy, Naomi, and Cindy household names—and celeb friends alike endorsed Versace’s singular brand of fearless sexuality. (Case in point: the infamous Elizabeth Hurley safety pin dress.)
These days, Lady Gaga is flying the Versace flag. In early June, the superstar told a reporter, “I’m wearing only Versace for, like, the next two months,” and Donatella opened up the house’s archives for her to oblige. Nor is La Gaga the only one feeling the maximalist urge. On recent runways like Givenchy’s and Mary Katrantzou’s as well as Versace’s own, bolder was better. And this November, the high street gets in on the action, too, with the launch of a Versace for H&M collection, which will reportedly reinterpret the house’s greatest hits.
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Loved the toothy jewels Alber Elbaz sent down the runway at Lanvin (pictured)? Meet the man behind them: 33-year-old jewelry phenom Elie Top. [Hint Mag]
“Buy It Now,” wherever: eBay launches an iPhone app for its fashion sales. (That sound you’re hearing is our checking accounts precipitously depleting.) [WWD]
A new exhibition of Paul Smith’s photographs of dancers from London’s Royal Ballet, now on view in Smith’s Tokyo store, will make its way to London in September. Royal Ballet principal Steven McRae, who stars in Smith’s Japanese ad campaign, explained the partnership simply: “Fashion and ballet go together as well as gin and tonic.” Bottoms up! [WWD]
Milliner Stephen Jones is set to make his film debut in Madonna’s latest film, W.E., about the life of King Edward VIII and his American-born wife, Wallis Simpson. A multi-talent! Our hat’s off to you, sir. [Vogue U.K.]
And a moment of silence, please, for the late, great Gianni Versace; the designer was killed 13 years ago today outside of his home in Miami. [Racked]
Could Freida Pinto be the next Bond girl? If you believe British tabloids, then yes. [The Sun]
Gianni Versace‘s Lake Como relics are up for auction in London next Wednesday, and quite frankly, the stuff’s a steal. The pair of life-size nude wrestlers that used to watch over Versace’s Villa Fontanelle bedroom is only $55,000, which, considering you get two of them, is quite the bargain. [WWD]
American Apparel goes a little bit Brit. The L.A. label needed to come up with $51 million, stat, and London’s Lion Capital stepped in last night to help. Does this mean trenchcoats and tweeds to pair with our gold lamé hot pants? [WWD]
Lean times = fuller figures? “When the economy is tanking, what will emerge is an ideal of a fuller, plumper woman,” says some kind of doctor. Yes, Beth Ditto’s photo appears in this article. [The Daily Beast]