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The infamous Miami mansion where Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997 will go under the hammer at a bankruptcy auction on September 17, following this year’s $50 million price cut. The lavish 23,000-square-foot home, known as Casa Casuarina, had originally been put on for $125 million (making it the most expensive home on the market), but despite slashing the price to $75 million, the owners still couldn’t find a buyer. The estate, originally built in 1930, boasts ten bedrooms, ornate decor, and a 54-foot long mosaic pool with 24-karat gold ornamentation.
What has inspired Wintour to take a stroll down memory lane and sing the praises of Italian fashion? Condé Nast has launched a major initiative in which they will team up with five Italian universities to award scholarships in fashion, film, art, and journalism. Anna Wintour will join fellow Condé Nast editors-in-chief Graydon Carter, David Remnick, Jim Nelson, Graydon Carter, and Stefano Tonchi in selecting the winners, and it seems that she’s set on finding the next Versace. While we can’t imagine what could be better than getting a Miranda Priestly-esque nod of approval from Wintour, it surely ups the ante when Miuccia Prada champions the cause.
The late Gianni Versace used to show his couture collection at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. His sis Donatella continued the tradition until 2004, and this weekend, she finally returned to Gianni’s favorite spot. As such, we wanted to take a look back at Gianni’s Atelier Versace creations.
Donatella Versace is already wearing clothing from her company’s upcoming collaboration with H&M. (Yes, yes, you read that correctly: Versace is working with H&M!) The designer closed her men’s show in Milan yesterday wearing one of the studded leather dresses she’ll unveil at the Swedish fast-fashion chain’s stores in November. And while we’re excited that we’ll finally be able to afford a few pieces of Versace’s brand of glamour for ourselves, there are a few things about the collection that give us pause.
Oh, how we long for 1996. We know better than to say this, but it just feels like a much simpler, more honest era. But maybe that’s because we were 7 years old. But even at that young age, we had a kind of fearful love of supermodel Naomi Campbell. And Naomi Campbell had most of the world’s designers wrapped around her little finger. Maybe that’s why Gianni Versace asked her to stand in the middle of the runway looking like a living statue, then take exactly one turn down the ramp during his men’s fall winter 1996/97 show.
Calling all wealthy shoppers: former couple and designers Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons are hosting an “everything-must-go” sale of all items from their former New Jersey estate — and no, it’s not cheap.
Around 9 a.m. on July 15, 1997, the world lost one of its most important and influential fashion designers, Gianni Versace. Upon returning home from a nearby breakfast spot, Versace was shot dead outside of his gorgeous villa on Ocean Drive in Miami. The reactions to his murder were heartbreaking, especially that of a usually cool — if not downright cold — Naomi Campbell.