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"A juxtaposition of glamour and mystery, with cinched-in poise meeting the fluidity and provocation of Grace Jones. Different ways with draping: sculpted and controlled to highlight the lines of sleek tailoring, or liberated and sensual for fluid silk jersey dresses."
“What do you want to wear this spring?” “What do you want to wear this season?” We quote the question posed by a young lady of Italian origins, Stefani Germanotta, at the Atelier Versace couture show. That’s Lady Gaga, of course, whose glorifying song “Donatella” from her album Artpop was pounding out, with its fabulous thumbnail-portrait of an intro “I’m blonde, I’m skinny . . . and I’m a little bit of a bitch” at the start of DV’s spring couture collection.
And the answer to Gaga’s lyrical wardrobe query? As far as she was concerned, for her front-row appearance (and her backstage poses for paparazzi, hand-in-hand with Donatella) it was a slinky black goddess dress with a generous train, a cutout back, a plunging front with a view into an inner corseted infrastructure, and a draped hood. Gaga sat, complete with her immaculately-waved, cascading fall of Donatella blonde hair, chatting with Mario Testino, as the show progressed. (She’s the model in the Versace spring advertising campaign, too, as you might have noticed.)
Lady Gaga & Donatella Versace
The mutual admiration society between music and fashion might appear to be the very latest thing to fans of hip-hop, familiar with such works as Jay Z’s “Tom Ford” and Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s “Fashion Killa,” in which they achieved a record of listing 25 fashion brands in one track. It was Donatella Versace, though, who invented and cemented the relationship in the first place. Right back in the 1980s, it was she who welcomed every megarocker and pop star worth knowing into the house her brother Gianni built. From there on, she’s never seen a reason to stop and especially not this season.
Diva-dressing, inspired by Grace Jones, was her starting point, which brought about the hoods, the corseted torsos, and all the glamazonian draping that powered along the runway to Gaga’s soundtrack. There were purple furs, inserted with glinting seams, bold, black tattoo-embroideries on nude tulle, art-deco patterned crystals tracing shoulders, and flanks of bodycon suits and dresses. Say what you like: DV is one woman who never wavers from being true to herself.
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