Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni closed the Versace show as a tribute to Gianni


A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: Donatella Versace had some extra support from those iconic supers that go by their first names — Naomi, Claudia, Cindy, Carla and Helena, who closed the designer’s spring show on Friday, marking a tribute to her late brother Gianni Versace on the 20th anniversary of his death. Wearing the lamé dresses that Versace made famous, they first struck statuary poses on cubes at the end of the catwalk. As Donatella took her bow, they walked the length of the runway with the designer as she received a standing ovation and stadium-worthy cheers from guests.

Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni closed the Versace show as a tribute to Gianni

Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen closed the Versace show as a tribute to Gianni VersaceStephane Feugere/WWD

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Versace was also celebrated by her peers, designers Alessandro Michele, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Anthony Vaccarello. The Italian designer personally invited them to the show, they said.

Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni closed the Versace show as a tribute to Gianni

Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Donatella Versace, Claudia Schiffer and Carla Bruni closed the Versace show as a tribute to Gianni Versace.  Stephane Feugere/WWD

“We grew up with Gianni and Donatella is a friend, it’s a pleasure to be here,” Piccioli said. “I really enjoy being a guest at a show. Alessandro already had his show [for Gucci on Wednesday], mine is in a week [for Valentino], but I still like sitting up here in the front.”

Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni closed the Versace show as a tribute to Gianni

The iconic supermodels backstage at the Versace show.  Stephane Feugere/WWD

“Gianni is wonderful and Donatella is a lovely person, a great woman,” concurred Michele.

Vaccarello, who before joining Saint Laurent last year was Versus Versace’s creative director, said he was “super happy and super honored to be here.”

Amber Valletta, Lewis Hamilton and Princess Charlene of Monaco also attended the show.

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