The Lifetime Network offered the world, a made for TV movie based of the iconic House of Versace. The glitz, the glamour, the drug use, sex, and the impact made on the fashion industry by Gianni Versace and his sister Donatella were depicted in this biopic premiering on Lifetime. Gina Gershon (Donatella) & Enrico Colantoni (Gianni) brought to life the interpretation with no surprising methods of delivery. Presented with a struggle to have your voice heard, an overBEaring sibling with drug problems, a tragic death, a make it or break it challenge, then a rise to a questionable triumph.
During the movie, I was impressed with the slanging of legendary names of industry’s most prevalent – Naomi, Armani, Christy, Linda, Lagerfeld, Bailey, etc. The Versace family was very connected. I was hoping that the life of Gianni as a designer, would’ve BEen highlighted more in the movie. It would’ve BEen nice to see the process & inspiration BEhind collections and familiar red carpet moments. So one could only imagine that the movie was more about Donatella? I was surprised at the fact that Donatella was presented as the face to represent the House with media, photo-shoots, etc – I guess she was really behind the scene BEcause for us common folk, she didn’t got her life until after Gianni’s death. The sudden death of Gianni took the WORLD by surprise, bringing great pain to all he touched throughout his brief journey and 50 yrs here on earth.
The designer lived a lavish lifestyle with luxurious pleasures which he loved to share with friends and mostly his niece Allegra. The biopic reveals Gianni Versace was murder on the steps of his Miami mansion by a serial killer (partially the same) as it was reported back in July 1997 – the fifth victim of the suspected killer & hustler, Andrew Cunanan, who committed suicide nine days later. Gianni’s entire family was surprised by the decision he made with records to his final wishes. Allegra, who was named 50% stake holder, still holds her shares at the helm of the Versace Empire.
Overall, I must admit that I enjoyed the glimpse into the lives of the Versace family and what it took to BEcome the legendary house. Gianni was able to capture a women’s inner BEauty and allow her to exude sexiness while wearing his garments. From the dominatrix, outrageous hemlines, overly embellished textiles, the use of new vibrant hues, the roar of the lions head, mixtures of animal prints, to a sexy flesh reveal. The House of Versace is forever ingrained into the fabric of fashion. We mourn the lOst of our creative genius, GIANNI VERSACE.
MILAN, Italy — Versace is vetting offers from investors interested in buying a minority stake in the Italian fashion house to support its growth plans, designer Donatella Versace said in an interview published on Sunday. Reportedly, Versace was looking to sell a stake of up to 20 percent by the end of 2013 in a deal that would value the group at more than 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion). The company is entirely controlled by the Versace family: late founder Gianni Versace’s sister Donatella has a 20 percent stake, her brother Santo has 30 percent while Donatella’s daughter Allegra has the remaining 50 percent.