The first image from Lady Gaga's Versace campaign is here! Fashion photographer Mert Alas, who shoots campaigns and editorials with Marcus Piggott, put a picture of Gaga wearing Versace's Spring 2014 collection on Instagram this morning. "Big thanks to Donatella for the most fun shoot!" Alas wrote in the caption. Read more about Lady Gaga's Versace campaign here.
What if your definition of shopping was less trolling the shops and web, more sitting front row at a fashion show and taking down notes on what you'd like to wear? It's real life for lucky ladies like Blake Lively, Kate Bosworth, and Kerry Washington, all of whom have been spotted out and about in Spring 2014 clothes already.
We're charting all the stars, models, and bloggers who are giving Spring 2014's designer pieces their first taste of the real world.
How's this for an artistic statement? Rapper M.I.A.'s upcoming collaboration with Versace's Versus line was inspired by counterfeit Versace pieces. "Versace designs have always been bootlegged, now it's Versace bootlegging the bootleg for the bootleggers to bootleg the bootleg," the singer said in a statement. "This is to keep that cycle going." The 19-piece collaboration will launch online and in select stores on Oct. 16, and the highly colourful pieces feature riffs on the Versace Medusa head logo and its classic Greek key prints. A GIF campaign (shown here) shot by Jaime Martinez will feature M.I.A. and her friends wearing the pieces in East London markets like the ones the singer visited as a child. A look at some of the products and images from the collaboration here in the gallery.
Photo courtesy of Versus
As it turns out, the house of Versace is not as happy about Lifetime's upcoming movie House of Versace as everyone else is. In a statement to WWD, the Italian fashion brand said it it had "neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction."
The film, which stars Gina Gershon and will premiere Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. EDT, is based on Deborah Ball's 2010 book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival. Despite the statement, Donatella and her brother Santo Versace were interviewed for the book, part of which chronicles Donatella becoming the house's creative director after the death of her brother Gianni.
Just last week, Gershon told POPSUGAR that she hoped the movie would meet Versace's approval. "I think Donatella — if it were a life story done about her, she'd want it to be a $90 zillion big feature film, which I totally understand, you know. Who wouldn't?" Gershon said in an interview with entertainment reporter Allie Merriam. "I don't know if they actually gave their blessings for this, but hopefully they'll be OK with it."
Never one to miss an opportunity, Donatella Versace closed her Spring 2014 show in Milan with Drake's tribute to the fashion house she's built, which of course is called Versace.
But, long before the final exits, Versace sent out a number of looks that will no doubt prove to be as popular as that song. There were as many full circle skirts as there were slinky cocktail dresses, and lots of the jackets had generous shapes, too. The romantic floral prints we've seen so many Milanese designers use made an appearance in this collection, but their sweetness was tempered by the chain-link harnesses holding together some of the other dresses. This is Versace, after all, and what would a Versace collection be without a heavy, vibrant dose of sex appeal?
For Spring 2014 in Milan, Versace sent models down the catwalk with a tough-girl edge. Would you expect anything less? The makeup was mostly neutral, but the eyes were rimmed with black kohl eyeliner and slightly smudged for a lived-in effect. The hair was the ultimate rolled-around-in, slept-on, teased-then-tousled, flyaways-are-welcome texture with middle parts. And to complement all the metallic fabrics in the collection, the nails had a high-shine finish.
If you thought the style set were busy getting prepared for New York Fashion Week, think again. Stylish It-Brits Alexa Chung, Jourdan Dunn, Suki Waterhouse, Emma Watson, Rita Ora, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and more of the UK's fashion pack stepped out for the British GQ Men of the Year awards in London today. Emma Watson dared to bare (alot!) in a monochrome midriff Balenciaga outfit and received the GQ Woman of the Year honour. Meanwhile Jourdan Dunn shimmered her way down the red carpet in Hugo Boss, with Suki Waterhouse and Alexa Chung in Carven joining in on the metallic moment, both in high-shine frocks. See all the red carpet highlights in the gallery.
The 70th annual Venice Film Festival is under way, quite stylishly, might we add, thanks to its very fashionable attendees: Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Fanning, Carey Mulligan, Freida Pinto, Mia Wasikowska, Gia Coppola, and Sandra Bullock. Johansson stepped out in Versace, Mulligan picked a chic collared dress, Pinto worked a hot orange mini, while Wasikowska was on trend in a black-and-white Proenza Schouler number. Meanwhile, Bullock, who normally gravitates toward dark hues, picked not one, but two bright ensembles. The first was a neon colour-block shift dress from Alex Perry's Cruise '13 collection for the Gravity photo call, and the second a beautiful red J. Mendel strapless gown worthy of an Italian red carpet premiere. Head inside to get a closer look at all the spotlight-worthy looks, then be sure to check back for many more star-studded Venice Film Festival style moments.
We're practically hours away from the first New York Fashion Week show, and if you're not already counting down the days, we're about to give you ten reasons to get edge-of-your-seat excited.
From Australian appearances to hotly-anticipated after-parties, which big-time supermodels we're crossing our fingers for, and even a sneak peek at the collections set to showcase, this is what we're looking forward to next week. Let's go.