article-gaga-1002By. Jacky Le

     “Donatella, maybe she’s a bitch, maybe she’s too skinny, maybe she’s too rich, maybe she’s too out there. Or, maybe she’s brilliant, maybe she’s intelligent, maybe she’s strong, maybe she’s everything, maybe she’s Donatella.” – Lady Gaga

     Gaga’s extreme fixation on certain fashion houses can either be a testament of that designers cultural impact or the fact that Gaga has an overwhelming desire to be unexpected in the game of style. Either way Gaga has hit the nail on the head yet again, or I should probably say safety pin on black dress to be fitting.  Her budding friendship with Versace creative director Donatella Versace has proven that deep down every girl still lusts to be a Versace women.

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The brand has been on a publicity euphoria in the last few months with artists like Drake and Lady Gaga penning songs as an ode to the iconic brand, as well as recently with the premiere of the Lifetime film, House of Versace. A biopic depicting the demise of the late Gianni Versace and the struggles and triumphs of Donatella within the fashion powerhouse.

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   The film was as campy as any lifetime movie which should be expected but with the topic of the film being such an iconic luxury fashion house, the low budget fashion shots that replicated iconic runway shows and photo shoots took away from the authenticity of the film. For a moment you forgot you were watching a film about Versace and instead watching clips from a Mall of America fashion show. Regardless, the film did a great job depicting the personal struggles of the family behind the brand. Which at times became uncomfortable to watch because of the heavy issues that were being depicted which included heavy drug use, family favoritism, and inheritance corruption. Gina Gershon  (Donatella Versace) did an excellent job carrying the movie by embodying the iconic Donatella with every mannerism and characteristic down pact. Overall, a great film to watch with a gaggle of gays with a bottle of Moscato in your hand. Tip, try making up a drinking game during the film it always works well with a Lifetime movie.

For more information on The House of Versace click here.

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