"Her brother would have been very proud of what she did," Lagerfeld said, referring to Donatella Versace, who arrived with her children Allegra and Daniel. "I loved the dresses she added [to the original Gianni Versace ones]."
At the end of the hour-long performance, Donatella joined Béjart on stage, standing underneath a giant Richard Avedon photograph of Gianni, killed 10 years ago to the date of the tribute.
"After so many rehearsals, it was even more moving," Donatella said. Later, at the dinner held by the maison at Palazzo Reale, the designer stuck by Lagerfeld like a security blanket. "Karl was the designer my brother loved the most in the world, and it is a huge honor to have him here next to me," she said.
Her daughter Allegra remembered her first visit to La Scala with her late uncle. "It means a lot to be here tonight. I think the ballet was perfect. It really honored my uncle in all the right ways," she said, "and the way [Béjart] incorporated my mom's dresses was beautiful."
The evening left everyone feeling especially sentimental, including Naomi Campbell, who thought she was keeping her composure quite well until she did an interview with Italian television and "totally broke down," she said. "I miss him a lot. It's important that we remember him in the right way."