In July, the fashion world remembered Gianni Versace upon the 20th anniversary of the designer’s untimely death. But the tributes didn’t end there.
On Friday, the legendary designer’s sister Donatella Versace invited former first lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen to recreate the famous 1994 Versace ad campaign shot by Richard Avedon they starred in — with a 2017 twist. George Michael’s “Freedom” played the models posed on a platform in gold gowns.
The reception was more than warm. Anthony Vaccarello, Alessandro Michele, Pier Paolo Piccioli — creative directors at Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Valentino, respectively — stood to applaud Donatella.
Every audience member seemed to pull out their smartphone to capture the moment that was arguably as iconic as the first, staged two decades earlier.
Social media reaction was similarly sentimental.
Donatella just warmed my sad, jaded fashion heart!!!!!!! https://t.co/2fYMgZJQ6K
— Julie Zerbo (@ZerboJulie) September 22, 2017
While the finale was all about the original ’90s supermodels, the rest of the Italian brand’s Spring 2018 collection featured today’s top catwalkers — including Crawford’s daughter, Kaia Gerber, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Taylor Hill, Lexi Boling, and Candice Swanepoel.