The New England Patriots may have had a major comeback in the second half to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy, but it was Donatella Versace--one of fashion's favorite women and W's March issue cover star--who was true winner of Sunday's big game.
Versace kicked off her whirlwind day in Texas, posting an Instagram video of herself on a private jet, pre-takeoff, writing in the caption, "Hi guys! I'm leaving for Houston for the #Superbowl. The atmosphere is electrifying because my dar friend @ladygaga will be performing. She's going to be fierce. Wait and see! Follow me live on my #instastories! #SB51"
Upon landing in Houston, the designer changed out of her plane attire--which, when you are Donatella Versace apparently consists of a pair of sporty track pants and a massive ruby ring--and into a sleeveless purple cocktail dress with a strategic stomach cutout to take in the big game. No Patriots jersey here.
Of course, the reason for Versace's trip not just to check out Tom Brady in the flesh, but to outfit her bestie Gaga for the singer's highly anticipated halftime performance. The singer opened her 13-minute spectacle in a custom fully beaded iridescent jumpsuit with sculptural shoulder detail paired with fully embroidered boots, both covered in Swarovski crystals. Mid-performance, the look was topped off with a gold cropped jacket with spiked shoulders, also covered in Swarovski crystals, and a keytar, for good measure. Gaga closed the show with Versace's homage to the sport, a custom pair of hot-pants and cropped sculptural white jacket with metallic hardware.
Versace previously outfitted Gaga on her Born This Way tour in 2013, and the following year tapped the singer to star in the house's spring campaign, which starred Gaga dressed in the likeness of Donatella herself, long blonde hair and all.
Before her pal took the stage, Versace popped backstage to give her well wishes and pose of an impromptu Instagram photo shoot, of course. The designer later posted a shot of the performance, writing, "@ladygaga your performance was simply breathtaking."
Versace will show her fall collection in just a few weeks during Milan Fashion Week, and if her sports-filled 24 hours in Texas is any indication, Versace-branded football jerseys may soon be a reality. See all of the designer's Insa-fun from the Super Bowl below.
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