2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of iconic designer Gianni Versace. His untimely death shocked and devastated not just the fashion world, but the grief crept up to everyone.

His legacy is carried on through his sister Donatella, a fashion icon in her own right.

For the last two decades, she has commemorated the life and style of her brother by paying tribute to him through a one of a kind show.

This year, Donatella Versace rounded up the fashion industry’s most prominent faces, women who changed the way we see and think of models–all of whom have not only worked with the late designer but were also his close friends.

These groundbreaking models- Carla BruniClaudia SchifferNaomi CampbellCindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen- strutted down the runway after the show, all wearing matching gold gowns, cut to represent each of their unique style and personality with Donatella herself.

Rather than creating a somber atmosphere, these models wore proud smiles, to celebrate a life well lived.


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The runway show also marked the first time Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia Gerber, an accomplished model in her own right, shared a runway.


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A show this special needed a beauty look to match and makeup artist Pat McGrath didn’t disappoint. She used her forthcoming Subliminal Palette to create a warm bronze smokey eye look.

“This is what this palette was made for — this gorgeous, smoky, major eye,” said McGrath. (The palette is actually a collection of colors that she’s been using backstage for years.)

As for the hair, stylist Guido kept it classic with a simple smooth blow dry. Prepping the hair when damp with Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer and Redken SatinWear Heat Protecting Blow-Dry Lotion, middle parting it and tucking it behind the ears.

For the extra finishing touch of the quintessential Versace glam, a gold bobby pin featuring the brand’s signature Medusa head were slid above each ear.

“It’s a simple blow-dry but the quality of the hair very luxurious with lots of shine,” said Guido.

While all the 69 models received the classic hectic backstage treatment, the VIPs had their own prep stations and a more dramatic version of the makeup look. “It’s the same eye but more — more smoky, more Donatella,” said McGrath.

Each original model (yes, that is what we are calling them) got to choose their own preferred hairstyle, whether it be sleek and straight, middle-parted or voluminous curls. “I’m treating each woman’s hair just how they look best,” said Guido. 

All five women were responsible for a change in the fashion industry. Naomi changed the way media viewed women of color while Cindy Crawford created a look that is as timeless as she.

“They were so iconic, those girls, and they brought so much of that heavyweight glamour.” Which for just a brief few minutes, we all got to experience one more time.