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Fashion News: Nicki Minaj, Prince perform at Versace for H&M party

November 10, 2011 |  7:40 am

Donatella Versace, Nicki MinajUma Thurman, Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz, Jessica Alba, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen, Terry Richardson and Sophia Coppola were among the luminaries who joined Donatella Versace to celebrate the launch of her capsule collection for H&M at a glittering party in New York City on Tuesday night. How glittering? Nicki Minaj and Prince both performed, for one thing. Oh, and Minaj had green hair. [Telegraph] [Fashionista]

Why is Carmen Dell'Orefice still modeling at age 80? Sure, she is still beautiful, no ravages of time in evidence. But after starting her career at age 15, why is she still answering the call of the catwalk? Numerous financial disasters, of which depositing most of her life savings with Bernie Madoff is the latest, she says. [Telegraph]

After lobbying by Britain's Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron, among others, members of England's national soccer team will be allowed to wear black armbands displaying a poppy symbol during their friendly match with Spain on Saturday. FIFA, the organization that governs international soccer, had originally balked at the idea because of its rules banning symbols on shirts, but public sentiment about Remembrance Day, originally to honor veterans of World War I, prevailed.  [Telegraph]

Barneys New York began its 12 Days of Gaga run-up on Wednesday, leading up to the day when it will reveal its Gaga's Workshop for the holidays, as we wrote about in August. During this period, daily limited-edition Gaga goodies will be available on the store's  micro-site: gagasworkshop.com. On the day the workshop opens (Nov. 21 at 11:59 p.m.), customers will find that the entrance to the department store's Madison Avenue flagship has been gussied up to "create the illusion of walking into the mouth of a giant monster-like Lady Gaga," according to a news release. Inside, the entire fifth floor will have been converted into eight boutiques, designed and curated by Lady Gaga, Nicola Formichetti (who helps style the lady and is creative director for Mugler), and Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson of assume vivid astro focus (avaf), all in collaboration with Barneys’ creative director Dennis Freedman. The workshop will remain open through Jan. 2 [The Cut] 

Designer Jason Wu has taken his first foray out of the world of clothing, teaming with Brizo to create a suite of products for the bathroom. There is a wastebasket, soap pump, soap dish, drawer knobs and pulls, and a faucet with the designer's Miss Woo emblem emblazoned on it. [WWD]

The strapless white dress Amy Winehouse wore on the European cover of her "Back to Black" album is to be sold at an auction Nov. 29, in hopes of fetching around $15,000 for the Amy Winehouse Foundation charity set up by her parents after her death in July. [Telegraph]

 --Susan Denley

Photo: Donatella Versace, left, and Nicki Minaj at H&M launch party. Credit:  Dave Allocca / AP Photo/Starpix 

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