Gina Gershon at the House of Versace NY Screening

Posted on October 07, 2013

Because we’re old and married, our Saturday night was spent watching a Lifetime Original Movie. But because it was Gina Gershon (who we interviewed once) playing Donatella Versace (who we saw air-kissing Lindsay Lohan at a party once; a story we never fail to tell at the drop of a hat, even to total strangers), we felt more fabulous than our pajamas.

Gina Gershon attends “House of Versace” screening hosted by Marvista Entertainment and Lifetime with The Cinema Society at MOMA in New York City.


We don’t know what she’s wearing, but it’s a safe bet it’s not a Versace. We can understand why she’d want to come dressed as far away from the woman she portrayed as possible, but we probably wouldn’t have recommended such a weird skirt. The red looks great on her and the rest of the dress design is fine, but the bottom half looks like someone pinned dishtowels to her front. Also: not loving the black shoes. A metallic would have looked more modern. Hair and makeup are pretty.

As for House of Versace, it was fine way to spend a couple of hours, if you’re looking for some over-the-top glitz on your cable TV. The sets alone were worth it, as was the bizarreness of seeing Raquel Welch done up in Gina Lollobrigida drag, for some odd reason. Gershon gave a surprisingly nuanced performance that only occasionally lapsed into parody. But that might have been the problem we had with it. It lacked the camp a movie like this desperately needs. We question if there were enough gays in the creative process to nudge this project in the right direction. This was an opportunity to make something akin to a modern-day Mommie Dearest or a John Waters classic, but right from the get-go, this is set up as a tale of female empowerment and the overcoming of odds, as well as some personal demons. Oh, and family problems. Square-jawed husbands who feel ignored. Older brothers who sneer. Ungrateful snooty daughters. As Tom said halfway through it, “They’re turning Donatella Versace’s life into a Julia Roberts movie.”

But if you’re bored and feel like drinking a bottle of wine on the couch (either with friends or alone; we don’t judge), it’s a mildly fun way to spend the time.




[Photo Credit: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images]

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  • marlie

    GG is gorgeous – has been one of my favorite ladystars for years, and it thrilled me to see that she’d gotten such a high-profile gig!

    As for this look, it’s great from about the waist up. Her hair and makeup are pretty, and the color of the dress is nice, but I agree that the skirt and shoes are problematic.

  • RussellH88

    That’s not a nice dress or a tight top, darlin’

    But I’d still eat puppy chow with her.

  • Diego!

    I agree with you, up half looks great! (bitch doesn’t age like in a century!!!), the problem is the bottom half. It makes her look like a dwarf. Those are grandma shoes, so Gina dear, throw them away ASAP!

    • bellafigura1

      Honestly, I think she has aged, in a GREAT way. Her face looks real and wise and beautiful.

      • Diego!

        I know, but she looks so natural and radiant it doesn’t seem she has aged at all! She looks gorgeous, I love her!

        • bellafigura1

          Not to beat a dead horse, but natural and radiant does not equal young. I know we are saying the same thing, just sticking up for the natural aging process … and celebrating it, letting it show.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    “Square-jawed husbands who feel ignored. Older brothers who sneer. Ungrateful snooty daughters.”

    I bet Allegra Versace sneered at that part.

  • Rand Ortega

    “Donatella Brockovitch”.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Really? I find the makeup (eyebrows esp) and hairstyle (center part) very aging and unflattering. Could be the lighting.

  • This dress perfectly represents your review. Started with a good idea, but didn’t push hard enough and fell short on the execution.

    I had high, campy expectations for this movie. I really wanted that so awful it’s fabulous, or so over the top you can’t help but fall in love, feel that it just never reached. My highlight was reading a certain someone’s facebook posts while they watched. I should have known that Lifetime would put it’s own special stink all over it. I wish Bravo had made the movie instead.

    • demidaemon

      It’s too bad that Bravo doesn’t make movies. However, they do have the market cornered on excellent cooking competition reality shows as well as over-the-top sometimes intolerable “slice of life” reality television.

      • Tom Shea

        And the most annoying VO guy on TV.

  • hughman

    When I was manager of a designer boutique in Soho, NYC in the 90s, a woman came in to pick up a dress she had on hold.
    “Name?” I asked.
    “Gina what?”
    “Gina Gershon”
    I had no idea who she was (I hadn’t seen Showgirls which was her claim to fame then). But she was so cool and funny and we talked and she came in often and would ask about me. I’d even see her on the street in Soho (once walking with Michael Stipe) and she’d call out my name and wave which was very nice. So yeah, I kind of love her. “House of Versace” however was like a movie about the founding of QVC, it was so fashion deprived.

    • RussellH88

      Ugh, why can’t I be you?

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I know, right?

    • marlie

      I find myself saying “so jealous” far too often about you. 🙂

    • bellafigura1

      I had a restaurant down there back in the day. I bet we clinked glasses!

      • hughman

        Which one??

    • H2olovngrl

      You lead a charmed life, hughman.

  • leahpapa

    Why does Lifetime have an approach-avoidance conflict with camp? “Not over the top enough” was the charge leveled at “Liz and Dick,” too.

    • I think it’s because Lifetime is aimed at broken women, not gay men.

      • PastryGoddess

        Indeed, their movies must all have “a message of positivity and hope in order inspire and elevate women”

        Actual quote from a 2nd round phone interview with them. There was no way I was going to hide my bitch for too long, so I bowed out.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That quote just makes me flinch.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Yeah, but it’s true. In the mid-90s, I worked at ABC TV. Once Disney came in and took over, they immediately started laying off ABC employees, so we were all out there circulating our resumes looking for jobs. One day I got a call for a job I did NOT submit for – Lifetime TV. I asked them, “How did you get my resume?” They said, “Oh it was circulated around, and we really like yours a lot. We’d love to have you come in for an interview.” I think I told them I needed to look at my calendar and I’d get back to them, and I never ever called them back. No way. I mean, I fucking fled from the idea of working for Lifetime TV.

          • PastryGoddess

            I’m glad Skype didn’t exist or they would have seen me start to drink about halfway through. it was a 2 hour panel interview with me on the phone and them sitting in a conference room.

          • decormaven

            Oh glory, I would have done shots by the time that inquisition was over. Ain’t nothing worth that. [Sends virtual drink over to your table just for having to relive that memory.]

          • PastryGoddess

            The shots came that night. At least, i think they did. I don’t really remember

        • Inspector_Gidget

          The most hilarious thing about that quote is that there’s nary a Lifetime movie without rape, infidelity, kidnapping, bigamy and/or sexual harassment. Granted, these empowered women need something to overcome, but those are *not* the elements they feature in their commercials.

          The first thing most people remember (with a laugh) when you mention Lifetime movies is Rob Lowe with a bad mustache saying, “I’m untouchable, bitch!” That says it all, I think.

          • demidaemon

            I have a fear of–as well as a weird sort of goal–having one of my unpublished books/stories turned into a Lifetime movie. It’s writer’s block inducing sometimes. My focus on the gay side of things may save me but my strong female characters going through struggles may not.

          • PastryGoddess

            maybe throw in some shape shifters and more smut. No witches, they like that sort of thing over there.

          • demidaemon

            Also, how does that explain the Jody Arias movie at all? I cannot wrap my head around that one.

          • PastryGoddess

            I know right! But if you want empowering moves that elevate and uplift without all of the smut…you can watch the hallmark channel.

            Make sure you brush afterwards

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            LIfetime’s idea of “empowerment” seems to entail a lot of abuse before the empowering part. I suppose “Dance Moms” is training camp for little girls-see, honey, if you can survive Abby’s verbal abuse, you too can get your own Lifetime movie/series some day.

      • leahpapa


      • marlie

        That explains a lot about Project Runway.

  • bertkeeter

    Versace lived surrounded as does Donatella by amazing art and incredible Empire period antique furniture…. Not the budget “going out of business” furniture store junk in this movie!
    Even the workroom looked more like a Project Runway set than an exclusive atelier in Milan!
    And there has been better fashion on PR runways than the dregs that they used!
    Agree Gina did a good job as Donatella… Rarely does a show set in FASHION WORLD ever get the real vibe or dynamics!
    This one sure did not!

    • PastryGoddess

      This is lifetime..their budget is between 5 cents and $1 for decor

      • bertkeeter


        • PastryGoddess

          Hey you! How’s life?

          • bertkeeter

            Wonderful… Enjoying LA … Doing the fashion thing n more!

    • hey there Bert, i have missed your wit on the PR blogs. Are you writing for any one now? And perhaps more importantly, have your collections been out in the shops? I loved your finale collection and had thought you were the winner which would have been lovely. As I think PR somewhat discriminates against those over “a certain age”. Would you do it again?

      • bertkeeter

        Susan, Thanks for your nice words! I think I was “just a bit” to real for the people at the Lifetime PR Blog…enjoyed it and had a great response. Busy putting a business together…all great! And totally LUV Tom n Lorenzo’s blog…first thing I look at when I open my computer in AM n all day long! Not sure about the age discrimination…who wins is sort of pre-determined (some seasons) regardless of the talent!

        • hum….. interesting… about the predestination for “certain” contestants, I would have bet that Tim would have saved Kate had he not already used his get out jail free card on Justin. Anya did get a save your season in a round about way.

          What do you think are the necessary skill set to survive PR all the way to the end?
          Also, did showing at FashionWeek w/ PR help you to get your work out there and in shops easier then before you were a contestant? Were there buyers at your shows or was it more fan based? Has anyone been picked up by a name store after the collections have been shown?

          And are you still dressing the pretty blonde from Modern Family?

          LUV tom and Lorenzo too, after the mail, next thing I do too.

          • bertkeeter

            Don’t think Kate was ever destined for FINALE in Producers eyes! Skill….no…just able to give good TV…design talent definetly comes in second! No buyers at shows. PR is definetly a good venue to promote ones name and line, but it is all up to each designer. I think it may be a rude wakeup call for a few WINNERs when they step out of the cameras lens into the real world and no longer have words of praise showered on them for the somewhat pedestrian designs!

          • so emoting, shedding a tear, and trash talking is preferable to a quiet but good designer. Well we have seen the results of that concept lately, and I hate it.

            Too bad that some of the judge(s) this go seem to be a bit snide and condescending which is an eyebrow raiser. Are they getting jaded too? Or, is it because the work is pedestrian and they are bored and supposed to find something great to cheer about?

            I used to look forward to the print challenge but honestly, you are given a spec of time to draw up something on those bloody tablets, which are small and look to be difficult to create anything more technical than a bunch of lines or simple shapes , and apparently only have 2 ground choices to print on. As a print designer for fabrics i know there are lovely silks, bamboo and other cotton grounds to choose from, i use them all the time, why are they not offered? It also does explain why the garments sometimes look clunky with this project.

            Are you given any idea of what to expect challenge wise (other than watching previous seasons) before you go on?

          • Can we leave the Project Runway commentary to the Project Runway posts, please?

          • yes, sorry. just was curious to chat with Mr. Keeter.

  • Introspective

    was dying to know how this movie turned out!! sad to know that it didnt go camp in the end, because the commercials sure suggested that camp was the only driving force behind the movie…

    meanwhile, the skirt on that dress is hiddy. doesnt dial down my irrational love for gina though.

    • demidaemon

      This is why I hate trailers sometimes. I was excited to see the movie, forgot it was on, and now read these reviews that made it feel less than I hoped it would be. Depressing.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Didn’t she already play a version of Donatella on Ugly Betty?

    • Shawn EH

      Fabia, darlings! Her audition for this role, for sure!

  • 3boysful

    Why didn’t anyone tell her that the front of her dress was caught up in her Spanx?

  • bertkeeter

    “Don’t the arms have to be covered for Temple?” That’s what this dress is saying to me?

  • Kent Roby

    She looks good in a meeting-for-light-lunch sorta way, but not glammed up enough for the red carpet. I’m disappointed to hear that the movie doesn’t camp it up enough, considering that you just don’t get much campier than the real Donatella or anything associated with “Showgirls” (including Nomi’s mispronunciation of “Versace”), but I will still watch it.

  • Winter_White

    So sorry to hear this was bad — I was looking forward to it. Enrico Colantoni must make a perfect Gianni, though?

    I first saw Gina in Bound, and envied that great figure…and she still has it! Too bad this dress doesn’t flatter.

    • Shawn EH

      Enrico was very good … it was just mostly about what happened after Cunanan, so he wasn’t in it very long. But GG had great chemistry with Colm Feore as the other brother, Santo, as well.

    • Qitkat

      It’s not that the movie was bad so much as that it failed to deliver enough. I would rather have seen it made by HBO, with more depth and money and better writing, or as others have said, with over the top camp. Enrico and Gina were both excellent choices for the main characters.

    • Winter_White

      Good to know, Shawn and Qitkat, thanks. I will watch it now.
      (BTW: Such faces on the real-life Versace brothers! Roman art.)

    • BrooklynBomber

      I used to know her, in the mid or late ’80s, and it’s true: she just had this killer body that you couldn’t help but notice. It was ridiculous. I always did my best never to stand next to her.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Lifetime just doesn’t seem to do camp. Which is sad, because so much of their stuff would be better for it.

  • Aurumgirl

    The skirt and shoes make her look so dowdy.

  • clatie

    I see she has started in on the face.

  • jonnyf8

    My Saturday night, much like yours was spent with Gina and I said to the TV “more Mommie Dearest, less Lifetime TV”. Much like Project Runway, anything on this network ends up generally being someone’s rise, fall and rebirth.

  • susan6

    Yeah, the movie was not campy enough. I mean, it ended with an intervention (I half expected Allegra to bust out the “your addiction has affected my life in the following ways…” line) followed up by hugs and a boring ready-to-wear runway show of clothes “for real women”. Hmmpf; I don’t go to Versace for clothes for normal everyday women. They couldn’t show us Donatella coming up with JLo’s green dress?

    • BayTampaBay

      Did not Allegra suffer from a serious case of anorexia or am I getting her confused with someone else?

      Where did she go to school in the USA?

  • OSCAR WINNING PERFORMANCE. I don’t care if it was on tv, Gina Gershon was amazing!

  • Shawn EH

    I loved it. Gershon did her level best to camp it up! Just the makeup and her clothes, and that wig! The fake Versace was pretty sad, but oh those little glimmers of Christy, Naomi and Linda twirling that haute bondage on the catwalk!

  • boweryboy

    I watched about half of it and then lost interest. On the other hand, Gina Gershon as Donnatella was inspired casting. She knocked it out of the park. I do agree a bit more camp would have made it so much better.

  • MilaXX

    That’s exactly how I watched, on the couch with a glass of wine. I liked it, but I love Gina Gershon, so I’m sure I’m biased.

  • BayTampaBay

    The director missed a great opportunity to use the talents of Raquel Welch…….as she is one diva who really can do camp almos tas well as Joan Collins

  • Jessica Freeman

    It seems like a decent part of the population is talking about this movie, and I am shocked she showed up in this level of shittery.

  • Garcia Loca

    Love Gina and don’t even hate the Cinderella skirt on her. She can do no wrong.

  • crash1212

    I love Gina Gershon and thought she was really good as Donatella. I thought the movie was a hoot. The only thing I don’t like about her look here is the shoes.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I missed it – did they do a plug for “Versace Pockets”? (One of my favorite SNL skits ever!)

  • Bexxx

    Sweetie, your dress is tucked into your underwear.

  • sunflower

    They tried too hard to make a “serious” movie and that’s not what people watch Lifetime for!
    What about that weird CGI butterfly with the opera music though? Do we think that supposed to be Gianni? So deep

    • OmegaMu

      I thought “Oh my God, get that moth out of there before it ruins the clothes!”

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Love Gina, but missed this one. Will probably rewatch “Showgirls” before I seek this out. (“It’s Ver-SAYCE!”)

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Supposed to be here:

      The Best: when she’s shaving her legs at her DRESSING TABLE! Kills me.

  • E. D.

    Love everything but the shoes. Her hair looks better than I remember seeing in several years.

    • VictoriaDiNardo


  • Dagney

    oh dear, Gina is a sexy woman, but this dress makes her look like a GOP women’s club organizer.

  • LambeeBaby

    I spent most of the movie obsessing about whether or not Raquel Welch was wearing one of her own wigs. Gina looks like she tucked the tablecloth into her skirt.

  • Judy_J

    Drinking a bottle of wine on the couch is one of my favorite ways to spend the evening.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    At least thrown on some Versace shoes! I gotta say think the hair looks a bit crunchy and I really don’t like the pinned up window curtain hem.

  • rkarooney

    I kept seeing Stephanie Powers from Hart to Hart. Is that weird?