Donatella Versace and Mariah Carey have been friends - and fans of one another's work - for years. Here, exclusively for Vogue, Versace shares the secret to their friendship and chooses her favourite tracks from Carey's new album - Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse - including the single, You Don't Know What To Do featuring Wale, which is out this week.
Mariah Carey is such an important part of my life, it feels like I've known her forever. The first time I met her was at one of my fashion shows. Straightaway, she made me laugh, and I knew immediately that we'd be friends.
A few years later, Mariah had a day off from her world tour, and she flew from Sweden to Milan, just to come see one of my shows.
That season, Beyoncé was also my guest, and the two together caused a sensation. Mario Testino was there, and he said he felt like he was in heaven.
We had a party that night in the Palazzo Versace which was pure magic. Mariah let her hair down, dancing and chatting with everyone. She had to catch a private plane that evening to get back to her tour. I was so happy that on her day off she took the time to come and support me.
Since then, we've become really good friends. I was so honoured when Mariah wanted to wear one of my gowns to sing at Fashion Rocks in Monte Carlo. The evening was more magic, and as usual Mariah and I had a fun time together chatting, laughing and talking about life and music. That evening her performance was flawless, and she looked absolutely stunning in Versace.
Like every Mariah fan in the world, I've been desperate for the release of her new album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. She is a maverick, a woman who doesn't follow the rules, so I wasn't surprised when she released the album in her own way. With this album, Mariah seems to write her own life. I have so many favourites from the record - these are the ones that I can't stop listening to right now.
You Don't Know What To Do featuring Wale
I love how in this track Mariah's vocals contrast with Wale's rapping, it's like poetry. It just makes me want to dance. I want to listen to it all summer.
I adore this song. I know that it's the song that means the most to Mariah. There is such incredible raw emotion in her voice and such honesty in the lyrics. This is Mariah showcasing the powerful range of her voice and also a touching vulnerability.
Meteorite is so fantastic. It is upbeat, and it is fabulous. It's got the feeling of disco that just makes you happy and want to dance. I love it when music has the power to lift your mood.
This song really makes me smile. It guest stars Mariah's beautiful twins Monroe and Morocco also known as Roc and Roe and they already have talent at three years old! You can already hear a steady vibrato in Monroe's voice!
One More Try
I can't stop listening to Mariah's rendition of One More Try. George Michael is a great friend and one of my favourite artists, so I never think that anyone can do justice to his music. But I feel that Mariah really understands every word that he has written. At times her voice is angelic, at times pleading and then, towards the end, it goes into a crescendo reaching amazing heights. I'm sure that George would be very proud of Mariah's version of his much-loved song.
To me this song is timeless. It came out last summer, but when I hear it, it still feels like the first time. It features Miguel, who is one of the most exciting new artists around right now, and in it you get to hear Mariah's famous and unique whistle register. I love the words, and I catch myself singing it during the day - it's pure Mariah magic.
You Don't Know What To Do featuring Wale is released through Virgin/EMI and available to purchase now here.