Last night, Donatella Versace was transforming Pier 57 in New York into the “Versace For H&M Hall on the Hudson,” for the collaboration’s fashion show. Three videos by Johan Renck — one of which in previews had Lindsey Wixson running on an oversized hamster wheel — debuted during the extravaganza, both Nicki Minaj and Prince gave musical performances, and even Versace herself contributed to the show soundtrack. Her vocals — in English — were recorded for one track. “It’s the funniest thing because I can’t sing,” she laughed. “I’m going to say, ‘Nicki and Prince, your time is over. It’s all about me!’” But she was not the only Versace involved in the production — daughter Allegra, who has been taking a more active role in the company, assisted stylist Joe McKenna on fittings.
As for star power at the show, Versace presented Jennifer Lopez with her Glamour Women of the Year All-Star award last night. Versace also name-checked Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, and Elizabeth Olsen as rising stars she’d like to work with. “Of course, I love Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj,” she said. “They’re not afraid to dare. It’s been a while since someone went out there and didn’t listen too much to the marketing people. You still have to listen to them but not 100 percent.”