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Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace go together like peanut butter and jelly, like eggs and bacon, like stick-straight platinum extensions and deep tans (at least where the singer and the designer are concerned). And much like a newlywed couple fresh off their honeymoon, the perfectly paired duo just cannot stop gushing about one another. After Gaga penned an ode to Versace with her song “Donatella,” Versace paid tribute to her bestie by making her the face of her label’s new campaigns. As if that weren’t enough, now Donatella has shown her love for Mother Monster by singing her praises with an essay in V magazine.
“It means so much that [Gaga] finds strength and character through dressing in the Versace way,” Donatella says. “It’s interesting because this is how I’ve always looked, since I was a teenager. I’ve never experimented with different personas in the way that she has. It makes me admire her even more, and makes me even more grateful that she wanted to experiment with the Versace look.”
Versace also shares intimate details about the first time she and Gaga met, and how she knew from the start that they were destined to be BFFs. “The way that we met immediately told me she was someone different; she didn’t want us to make her a special piece, or to do a short-term project,” Donatella says. “She wanted to get to know the heart of the brand, almost like a student coming to do research. I thought she looked incredible in the pieces. The way she wore Versace in that video [“Edge of Glory“] showed young people around the world the energy and attitude of Versace.” To read more about Lady Gaga’s influence on Donatalla Versace, and which Gaga song D. uses as her ringtone (Hint: It’s not “Donatella”), pick up the latest issue of V magazine or head on over to vmagazine.com.