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15 posts tagged "Gianni Versace"

Will You Throw It Back With Vintage Versace?


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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Photo: Frederic Andrieu / Condé Nast Archive

Lanvin’s Bauble Man; Sir Paul, Balletomane; Stephen Jones To Take The Screen; And More…


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]

Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse /

Freida’s Next Role, Versace’s Home Goods, And More…


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]

Alison Mosshart fronts Jack White’s new band (he’s on drums), which means Karen Elson, Jamie Hince, and Kate Moss are all potential groupies. [Vulture]

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]

Photo: Ron Sachs / CNP / Corbis

Marco De Vincenzo: Kinda Versace, Kinda Margiela


“This is what I do after 6 p.m.,” says Marco de Vincenzo of the debut haute couture collection he presented in Paris this week—a patchwork of narrow, figure-hugging stripe dresses in a play of soft and stiff coated jersey. De Vincenzo, who will soon be 31, moved to Rome at the age of 18 to attend the European Institute of Design. He joined Fendi’s design team immediately after completing a Fashion and Costume Design degree, and he has been the right hand of Silvia Venturini Fendi, working on the house’s accessories for the past eight years. “I made it all alone in Rome in my room with one dressmaker,” says de Vincenzo of the 20-piece collection he showed at the Espace Commines. His work with Fendi is still ongoing, a job that he says inspires his “passion for material research.” That’s evident in his runway debut: De Vincenzo cut out every narrow jersey stripe himself and sewed them together for a patchwork of matte contrasting with shine, soft playing off stiff that hugs curves and creates a play of light and shadow. “I like to take one fabric and use it two different ways for an optical effect,” he explains. In a Spring season where many designers are trying out longer recession-appropriate lengths, de Vincenzo remains an unapologetic leg man. His sexy, hourglass shapes go from short to microscopic. “I like sexy, but with a concept so that it’s modern,” he says. “I’ve always been inspired by Gianni Versace, but I also like Margiela.”

Was Sting Channeling Versace?


So, there were a few memorable moments at last night’s Golden Globes. Among my favorites was the strange, surely unintended synchronicity of Drew Barrymore wearing gray (a gossamer Christian Dior Haute Couture) and acting slightly kooky while promoting Grey Gardens, Alec Baldwin giving bubble gum the best PR it’s had in a long time, J. Lo not even hesitating to scold a room full of A-listers, and the unexpected presence of gargantuan Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan. But did anyone happen to notice that while Angelina Jolie and January Jones were wearing Versace, Sting’s new look actually appeared to be inspired by the label’s late, great designer Gianni Versace. Let us know if you agree.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images (Sting); Andy Warhol Foundation/Corbis (Versace)