Donatella Versace has no plans to retire

Donatella Versace has no desire to slow down anytime soon.The Italian designer succeeded her sibling Gianni Versace as chief creative director at the fashion brand following his tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997. Donatella remains highly involved …

Donatella Versace has no desire to slow down anytime soon.

The Italian designer succeeded her sibling Gianni Versace as chief creative director at the fashion brand following his tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella remains highly involved in all aspects of the business, and in a new interview with Elle magazine, she explained that she remains devoted to building the company.

“I cannot live forever, I’m not gonna be here forever, and things change in fashion. I’m the first one open to changes,” the 64-year-old told the March 2020 issue of the publication, before joking: “Nobody wants me to step aside, and that’s terrible!”

In December 2018, Versace was acquired by Capri Holdings Limited, the parent company of Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, and while the sale was a big decision for Donatella and her family, the fashion star couldn’t be happier with the way the business is now expanding.

“I was very careful about deciding something like this, which could change my life completely,” she commented. “I think the company needs to move ahead. I’m very happy about my choice, because Versace can grow faster.”

Donatella presented her fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week last Friday. Merging sexy separates with sportswear elements, the range included an athletic-inspired red minidress, sheer shirts with glittery animal prints, and sharp suiting with beaded lapels.

Kaia Gerber walked the runway in a tiger print faux fur coat and matching dress, Gigi Hadid rocked a black dress with exaggerated shoulders and the fashion house’s signature slashes, and Kendall Jenner closed the spectacle in a show-stopping metal mesh minidress featuring crystals on the neckline.

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