Couture and clash of sibling egos with a sudden tragedy defines the new Lifetime film, House of Versace. The film focuses the before and after Gianni Versace murder and his sister taking over the brand; however, this transition much like his death wasn’t easy for Donatella ( Gina Gershon). Donatella is talented, but her talent is shadowed by doubt, depression, and drugs.
From 1997 to 2004, Versace’s personal and business life goes through turbulent periods. Until she hit rock bottom and she’s asked by her entire family to chose drugs or them, so she enters rehab. After her stay, Donatella returns determined to re-brand the legacy her brother once started. The famous name faced bankruptcy even shame, yet Donatella’s return proved her sharp leadership skills and her voice as a designer. As we know today, Versace continues to reign the fashion world.
The Lifetime chronicles the book by Deborah Hall and based on the film, the representation of the Versace family is well played. The movie was not cheesy or predictable. Although the film faced an early backlash from the Versace family, the Lifetime production presented the dark times of Donatella Versace without creating her into a cartoonish version of the fashion icon. The movie shows empowerment, fragility, and rebirth to success.
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