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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.

Photo:Matteo Prandoni/

The Gaga Family Fashion Venture, A Geriatric Style Starlet, And More…


Lady Gaga and her sister are discussing launching their own “relatively normal and wearable” line of clothing. They have the classic styles of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Katharine Hepburn in mind as inspirations, but we can be sure it will come with a twist of Gaga. [Grazia Daily]

Fashion’s newest, oldest pop star: 90-year-old Iris Apfel. “I’m a geriatric starlet, my dear, don’t you know,” she tells The New York Times. She has long been in the fashion mix, but Apfel has recently become the centerpiece of a fashion advertising campaign, a coffee-table book, and several museum exhibitions. [NYT]

Alexa Chung is joining Heidi Klum on Lifetime. The Lagerfeld muse will host a show, reportedly called 24-Hour Catwalk, where designers will compete against each other. A familiar concept, no? [Page Six]

J.Crew is expanding sales to the U.K. Jenna Lyons says that the focus has been on U.S. expansion, but they are set to launch a “Brit-accessible e-commerce site” and hope to launch stores across the pond soon. [Vogue U.K.]