LO AND BEHOLD
Como glowed in the moonlight. But the newlyweds — Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd — only had eyes for each other at the party Donatella Versace threw in their honor at her family’s 19th-century villa on Tuesday night. There were no speeches and no mingling for the couple, who spent most of the evening just cuddling on a plush red sofa on the edge of the dance floor.
Alas, there wasn’t even a first dance, much to the disappointment of many of the 150 fashion editors, models and others who travelled to Como after the Versace show. There was a tender photo op — the pair carved a pink-and-white, rose-studded cake in front of a blitz of flashbulbs — but that was about it.
Some wedding planner, that J.Lo.
But all that didn’t matter to her hostess, who was excited about celebrating after an unusually subdued fashion week. And what a fete it was: 3,000 yellow roses and 1,000 candles, masked violin players at the entrance, mountains of beluga caviar and pink champagne. “During hard times, it’s important to continue celebrating life’s beautiful moments,” Versace said. “Nothing is more beautiful or full of promise than a marriage. This party is a wedding present, and I’ve done everything I can to make it unforgettable.”
The couple exchanged vows in California last weekend and are honeymooning in Italy. They and some of their friends are spending about 10 days at the house. “Being in this villa makes me feel like a princess,” said the new bride. “I feel like I’m living a fairytale.” Judd, who managed to tear himself away from her side for a few brief moments, described Versace’s bash as “the best party in Italy.” The Texas native also had his fashion baptism: Versace’s was his first-ever runway show.
Now, as Mr. J.Lo, he’s in for many more.