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Donatella Versace

  • Italian designer
  • Born May 2, 1955

Donatella Francesca Versace (Italian: [donaˈtɛlla franˈtʃeska verˈsaːtʃe]; born 2 May 1955) is an Italian fashion designer and current vice president of the Versace Group, as well as its chief designer. During the 1980s, Donatella's brother, Gianni Versace, launched a perfume dedicated to her, Blonde, and gave her her own fragrance label, Versus, which Gianni formerly ran for her. After Gianni's death, Donatella took over all aspects of the label.


I have an image of what a British gentleman looks like, and that image finds real expression in Prince Charles. He is beyond fashion - he is an archetype of style.




I like perfume and flowers.




I have to say, I grew up with fashion because my mother was a seamstress, and she had an atelier. She would cut the first pattern, and then she had people working for her. So I grew up in an atelier, watching people all around me sewing. I was fascinated.




Lady Gaga is the present and the future. She is the most revolutionary and inspirational artist. She is fearless and daring.




The three biggest fashion mistakes are cheap suits, shoes, and shirts. Spend your money on something good.




The first thing I do each morning is get out of bed and give my dog, Audrey, a hug. She's a Jack Russell. I think having an animal is a wonderful thing, particularly dogs. They are great levelers, there's no nonsense with them, and they just want simple affection.




The suit does not represent the businessman anymore. Nor does the loud shirt represent the rock star. The same man can now wear both.




A business woman needs a successful mix of design and practicality.

A business woman needs a successful mix of design and practicality.




It's no good being too easily swayed by people's opinions. You have to believe in yourself.

It's no good being too easily swayed by people's opinions. You have to believe in yourself.




Some say the economy means that you have to persuade people to invest in clothes - to buy less things but more expensive things. I disagree - invest in jewelry, or a house, maybe, but not in fashion.




My style is not that big. I wear heels, tight pants, and I wear diamonds.




People are always surprised when they spend time with my children by how normal they are. They're polite. They're well mannered. They're very down to earth, in a way.




I love anyone who breaks the rules, and musicians always break the rules - in an aggressive way.




It's very important for a brand to have an identity through the years, but it's very important as well to evolve because times change so fast.




You can never forget the time you're living in because the past is the past and it will never come back. So to adjust your philosophy and creativity in fashion to the time you're living in is the most important thing.




I've learned how to appreciate what I have. And it's a lot. I'm very lucky.




Scent is very important. Strong fragrances suit some men, while citrus types suit others. I like my men to smell fresh and woody, but also like a man.




I wake up at about the same time every day. I sleep well and wake without an alarm clock.




For me the safety pin is about rebellion, and I'm punk in the soul.




Fashion is all about happiness. It's fun. It's important. But it's not medicine.




Die and born again, die and born again. It's the story of my life.




How do I keep young? Haven't you heard? I sleep every night in the deep freezer!




My muse changes all the time because I think every designer is a bit of a muse for themselves in a way - they just don't want to say it.




Powerful women intimidate men. If she's a really well-known woman, she has a career, she's famous - in that case, men are really afraid.

Powerful women intimidate men. If she's a really well-known woman, she has a career, she's famous - in that case, men are really afraid.




As with most things in my life, I believe you should try to enjoy yourself and never feel like you are a slave to a routine.




I was a fashion addict by the time I was 11 years old. I'd wear a miniskirt and patent-leather boots.




During the eighties and nineties, people wanted to be chic, elegant, bourgeois.




I find older men more attractive than boys. I need a man who can teach me a thing or two.




I always wear high heels - I simply feel naked without them.




At that time of the supermodels, celebrities didn't want to be in fashion; they thought they were more intellectual and interesting than anyone in fashion.




We all retire one day. If we want to, if we don't want to.




Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.




Some men look great unshaven; others just look like they forgot to shave. Beards and mustaches can be really distinctive if you go for an earthy, rock-and-roll look like the Kings of Leon or the Killers.




In Italian there is an expression: We don't sleep on the fame.




I think glamour all the time. I wake up in the morning and I'm already thinking glamour.




I don't like balance. Balance is not a word you can use in Versace fashion.



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