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Bow Down to Donatella: Praise for Versace at the Couture After-Party

Versace had a major moment at the Golden Globes this month, and if the Versace couture after-party buzz is any indication, that momentum has serious legs.

One of the first in the door at the Paris nightclub L’Arc was Riccardo Tisci, who had nothing but praise for Donatella’s outing this evening—and not just because it hit home. “She is my icon, as she is for a lot of people,” he said. “If I am a designer, it’s because I loved Versace as a kid. Tonight was the real, pure Donatella—it was couture, sexy, one of her best.”

Kate Hudson concurred, noting that while she doesn’t attend many shows, she’s always on the lookout: “The silhouettes were amazing, the blues were beautiful—it felt like a return to Versace in the sense of perfectly placing what’s sexy,” she said. “The jumpsuits thrilled me. My friend Karlie told me about the white one, and when I saw it, I had a moment.” But for Hudson, who attended the show with mom Goldie Hawn, the trip to Paris was also about quality time. “Mom travels so much for MindUp, her foundation for children’s education, we hardly get to see each other,” she said. “If three days qualify, we’ll take it!”

Elsewhere in the crowd, Brian Atwood applauded the classic-meets-va-va-voom quotient of the show, while tastemaker—and future part-time New Yorker—Cameron Silver remarked how Versace, for all its glitz, nonetheless managed to capture the New Paris Sobriety (a good thing, for the record). Somewhere between guest DJ Michelle Rodriguez’s first set and the moment Ellie Goulding took the stage, designer Anthony Vaccarello, who is newly charged with redefining the Versus woman, slipped in. “I actually don’t get out much. I’m usually working,” he said as he vanished into the crowd.

—Tina Isaac-Goizé,

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