Versace unveils capsule collection in support of LGBTQ+ charities

Versace has dropped a new capsule collection to help raise funds for LGBTQ+ charities.To show her support for Pride during June 2020, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace has unveiled a line of apparel featuring rainbow text. A portion of the sal…

Versace has dropped a new capsule collection to help raise funds for LGBTQ+ charities.

To show her support for Pride during June 2020, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace has unveiled a line of apparel featuring rainbow text. A portion of the sales will go towards two organisations – Pride Live in the U.S. and Arcigay in Europe.

“Last year, I had the honour of becoming a Stonewall Ambassador. Supporting LGBTQ+ people has always been a priority for me,” she wrote alongside a picture of her modelling a black T-shirt from the range. “Now more than ever it’s important we add actions to our words.”

Inspired by the rainbow flag – designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 to symbolise social equality – Versace’s new collection also includes the brand’s famed baroque-style motifs.

Pieces include tank tops, crop tops, leggings, swimwear, socks, and slides, while there is also a bracelet made from woven leather.

“Versace celebrates Pride Month and supports the LGBTQ+ community with a special limited-edition collection of warm-weather designs and comfortable activewear. A portion of sales from the collection will go to charities working towards inclusivity,” a brand representative added.

Items are priced from $75 – $495 (£60 – £380).

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Imaan Hammam pleased to see more diversity backstage at fashion shows

Imaan Hammam has praised industry leaders for beginning to hire a diverse array of creatives to work backstage at fashion shows.The Dutch model, who is of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, has previously discussed how she was often the only black person t…

Imaan Hammam has praised industry leaders for beginning to hire a diverse array of creatives to work backstage at fashion shows.

The Dutch model, who is of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, has previously discussed how she was often the only black person to be cast in runway events when she was first starting out in 2013.

However, in a new interview for the May 2020 issue of U.S. Elle magazine, Imaan shared that she has seen great strides made within the industry of late.

“When I first started, nobody knew what to do with my skin or my hair,” she insisted. “I stressed out before every show; it was actually pretty awful. Now I’m happy (to report) there are great make-up artists and hairstylists who know what they’re doing… And I feel more empowered to speak out about the way I was treated sometimes backstage. Modelling has gotten a lot better.”

But despite praising fashion executives, Imaan is adamant there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

“You know what I want to see next?” the 23-year-old questioned. “More female photographers! It’s still a bunch of men backstage! We also need more people of colour in casting, and we need more designers of colour.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Imaan opened up about her collaboration with the team at Frame on a denim capsule collection that was released earlier this year, and also hinted at her plans to get more involved in fashion design.

“Do you know what it’s like to finally use what I’ve learned from Donatella Versace, and from Stella McCartney, who sets such a great example with sustainability?” she smiled. “Designing is like a dream. I’m in love with the process.”

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Donatella Versace shares sweet throwback photo featuring brother Gianni Versace

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s …

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.

The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s lockdown to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

And on Wednesday, she shared a touching snapshot of her and her sibling at the prestigious Met Gala in New York City almost 27 years ago.

“Here I am with my brother Gianni in New York, attending the #MetGala, it was May 1993,” Donatella wrote alongside the photo, which shows the then 37-year-old wearing a racy dress from her brother’s infamous bondage-themed Versace show back in 1992.

“Gianni that night was my stylist. I couldn’t give my opinion on one thing. He chose my clothes, my hair, my make-up and my jewellery. I didn’t have a say in ANYTHING!” she joked. “The bondage top, the leather skirt and tall black boots with gold chains were all from our fall ’92 collection, entitled Miss S&M!”

The 64-year-old reimagined the iconic minidress for Kim Kardashian in 2018, with the reality star spotted leaving her New York City hotel after the Met Gala in a bondage-inspired outfit.

The reality star’s look was inspired by an ensemble once modelled by Helena Christensen, with Donatella recreating the entire leather bustier including multiple straps and buckles.

Gianni was tragically shot and killed outside of his Miami Beach home at the age of 50 in 1997.

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Donatella Versace shares star-studded throwback photo

Donatella Versace has spread some much-needed joy by sharing a star-studded throwback photo on social media.Earlier this week, the chief creative officer of Versace posted a black-and-white snap of herself sat alongside music icons Mariah Carey and Bey…

Donatella Versace has spread some much-needed joy by sharing a star-studded throwback photo on social media.

Earlier this week, the chief creative officer of Versace posted a black-and-white snap of herself sat alongside music icons Mariah Carey and Beyonce at a party 16 years ago.

“October 4th 2003: I wanted to share this photo with you all next because I see it reposted over and over again on Instagram. Also because I remember having so much fun,” the 64-year-old captioned the picture. “So, this was in Milan and it was the party after my fashion show. We are in the apartment that was my brother Gianni’s and I’m sat with these two amazing Divas. Mariah Carey on one side and Beyonce on the other – Can you imagine?”

In the picture, Mariah is wearing an embellished low-cut dress with her curly hair draped around her shoulders, while Beyonce can be seen wearing a white gown and looking at her Blackberry phone on a table filled with wine glasses and orchids.

Donatella revealed that after the photo was taken, the trio partied all night, and also joked that the Blackberry phone gives away just how old the image is.

“We basically gossiped and laughed for hours and hours and then we danced all night. I remember this like it was yesterday… but looking at my phone, I realise it’s not… @mariahcarey @beyonce,” the designer quipped.

Donatella is currently in self-isolation at her home in Milan, Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the nation.

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Donatella Versace names dressing Michelle Obama as one of her ‘proudest moments’

Donatella Versace has described dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the “proudest moments” of her career.Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Italian designer is using her free time at home to catch up on reading and organise her col…

Donatella Versace has described dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the “proudest moments” of her career.

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Italian designer is using her free time at home to catch up on reading and organise her collection of photos.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Donatella announced that she will be sharing some of her favourite snaps on the platform over the coming days, and kicked off the concept by posting an image of former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle waiting to welcome Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the White House in October 2016.

“It was my deepest honour to dress the First Lady of the United States in Atelier Versace on the occasion of the state visit of the Prime Minister of Italy,” the 64-year-old wrote in the caption. “Mrs Obama chose this wonderful rose gold chainmail for her dress. It was the perfect choice and she looked stunning as she walked out onto the steps of The White House and simply shone alongside the President.

“It remains one of the proudest moments of my career and like many, I miss them both very much.”

Donatella’s post quickly racked up over 10,000 likes, with many of her followers praising Michelle’s bold fashion choice.

“Absolutely magnificent creation! Couldn’t have chosen a greater woman to wear this dress!” one user wrote, while another added: “She looks POWERFUL AND STUNNING!!! Best dress ever!!!”

In recent days, Donatella has been sharing regular updates on Instagram, and in one post, explained how she was keeping in touch with her design teams via virtual chat.

“I love to see and interact with my teams, they make me laugh and sometimes it’s almost like we are all together again,” she added. “But remember this today: you are not just working from home. You are home in a crisis, trying to work. Do your best!”

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Donatella Versace warns of ‘question mark’ over future of fashion after pandemic

Donatella Versace believes there will be a “huge question mark” over the future of fashion after the coronavirus pandemic is over.The chief creative officer of Versace shared details about self-isolating at her luxury home in Milan, Italy in an intervi…

Donatella Versace believes there will be a “huge question mark” over the future of fashion after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The chief creative officer of Versace shared details about self-isolating at her luxury home in Milan, Italy in an interview with Vogue Australia and revealed she’s thinking about the lasting effect the Covid-19 virus is going to have on the industry.

“I have often said that fashion is the mirror of the society that creates it. If this is true, the future for us is a huge question mark because we have no idea how society will be after this pandemic,” the 64-year-old icon explained, adding that she believed the change will be “deep”.

“This experience has touched the core of all of us, even if in different ways. Therefore, when I go out there and continue the conversation with my team on what to do next, we will have to look at people in a way that we have never done before.”

She noted that she’s already contemplating a collection that will be “clear, precise, strong and disruptive” in order to encourage people back to fashion.

“No one knows now if they are right or wrong, but we need to keep our minds open,” she shared. “We need to be able to adapt to changes faster and to do that, we need to have an arsenal of ideas ready to be used and implemented.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Donatella also touchingly revealed she has been looking at old pictures of her late brother, Gianni, while at home during the nationwide lockdown in her native Italy.

“I found myself wanting to look at old family photos and photos of Versace when Gianni was still with us,” she said. “It might sound silly, and it is not nostalgia, but the fact that maybe it is true that in uncertain times, you go back to those things that makes you feel more secure.”

The 50-year-old designer was tragically shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion in July 1997.

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Michael Kors and Versace stores to remain closed until June

All Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo stores across North America and Europe are to remain closed until June.On Monday, representatives for Capri Holdings Limited, the parent company of the luxury fashion and accessories labels, announced that they…

All Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo stores across North America and Europe are to remain closed until June.

On Monday, representatives for Capri Holdings Limited, the parent company of the luxury fashion and accessories labels, announced that they anticipate all retail stores will be closed until approximately 1 June in response to the coronavirus crisis, and will only reopen once it’s safe to do so.

Accordingly, an estimated 7,000 staff across North America will be furloughed, with bosses to continue to pay the employer portion of benefits to support impacted personnel.

“The company expects to require a smaller workforce as it resets its business post-Covid-19,” they commented. “The goal of the company is to return as many retail employees as possible to work in the second half of the fiscal year as its business rebuilds.”

In addition, designer Michael Kors, Versace creative director Donatella Versace, Sandra Choi, chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo, and Capri’s chairman and chief executive officer, John D. Idol, have each voluntarily elected to forgo their salaries for the fiscal year of 2021.

“The impact of Covid-19 on the world and the global economy is changing rapidly in ways we could not have anticipated,” added Idol. “This is a very challenging time for our business. We are diligently working to address this unprecedented situation by taking measures to protect our employees and maintain the company’s financial flexibility. We do not take any of these measures lightly, particularly with respect to our employees who are the heart and soul of our company. We continue to believe in the power of our three fashion luxury brands and the resiliency of our company to navigate these extraordinary times.”

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Donatella Versace staying positive during coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Donatella Versace is staying positive during the government-enforced coronavirus lockdown in her native Italy.The 64-year-old Versace boss has been taking part in at-home Pilates sessions, watching Netflix, and working on a new collection since being c…

Donatella Versace is staying positive during the government-enforced coronavirus lockdown in her native Italy.

The 64-year-old Versace boss has been taking part in at-home Pilates sessions, watching Netflix, and working on a new collection since being confined to her home in Milan back in February.

And Donatella told Vogue Australia that being on her own during the lockdown has made her realise “the importance of human contact”.

“This social distancing has made us realise how many things we took for granted every day,” she shared. “I am not talking about crazy things, but about our freedom, the possibility of going out of your home, to see our children and family, to be able to go to work.

“We have all taken these things for granted because in 2020 we could have never thought of something so extraordinary that would take them away from us. And now we are realising how fundamentally important they are.”

The fashion icon has also been overwhelmed with the sense of community that residents in her native country have shown during the unprecedented nationwide lockdown.

“If there is a silver lining to be found in this whole situation, it is that it brought out a kindness in people that I had not seen in a long time,” Donatella shared. “To me this is amazing and I hope that it won’t go away when, finally, this battle will be won.”

And while she’s enjoying time alone and creating a daily routine that revolves around designing and working out during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s one thing that she refuses to embrace during the lockdown.

“I do not go around in tracksuits,” she said of her stay-at-home wardrobe. “I love a loose, soft sweater, maybe leggings… I still keep my beauty rituals because taking care of oneself is a way of maintaining a sense of normality around you.”

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Versace pledges $500,000 to coronavirus relief efforts

Versace has pledged to donate $500,000 (£403,418) to help frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus in Italy.With over 115,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 13,900 reported fatalities, Italy’s medical service has been pushed beyond capa…

Versace has pledged to donate $500,000 (£403,418) to help frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus in Italy.

With over 115,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 13,900 reported fatalities, Italy’s medical service has been pushed beyond capacity and requires urgent support.

Luxury Italian fashion house Versace announced on Instagram on Wednesday that it will be donating funds to two organisations, with Donatella Versace saying, “We are going through something none of us has ever experienced. Despite all the uncertainty and the fear, we have shown the world that we are a strong community, that we stand together, and that we have helped each other in such an amazing, generous way.

“I have never been more proud of being Italian and I feel it was not just an honor, but my duty to do my part and support in any way I could.”

Versace’s company donation will allocate $400,000 (£324,000) to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, and the remaining $100,00 (£81,000) will go to Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana, a project that sources medical equipment for Italy’s hospitals, including much-needed ventilators.

Versace already donated $140,000 (£114,000) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation in February, while Donatella and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck have already given $224,000 (£182,000) of private funds to the Milan hospital.

Versace is owned by Capri Holdings, a global fashion luxury group that also includes brands such as Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo. Collectively, the three brands in the conglomerate and their founders have given more than $3 million (£2.4 million) to aid Covid-19 relief efforts. John D. Idol, the group’s chairman and chief executive, commented: “Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines to help the world combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage.”

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Donatella Versace: ‘No one is alone in fighting the coronavirus crisis’

Donatella Versace has published an emotional open letter rallying for Italy’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.In the message, posted on Vogue’s website, the fashion designer expressed her sadness over the current state of Milan, and her hope tha…

Donatella Versace has published an emotional open letter rallying for Italy’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In the message, posted on Vogue’s website, the fashion designer expressed her sadness over the current state of Milan, and her hope that the crisis will soon begin to pass.

”I have the safety and wellbeing of each and every one of you in mind,” she wrote. “The reason why I wanted to send this message is to let you know that no one is alone in fighting this battle.”

The confirmed number of Covid-19 cases in Italy is approaching 70,000, with 6,800 reported fatalities. The northern region of Lombardy is among the most afflicted areas, with medical staff struggling to cope with so many patients, and Milan – the nation’s centre of fashion and commerce – is under strict lockdown regulations until the pandemic abates.

”Milan looks like a ghost town,” the 64-year-old noted, before going on to implore people around the world to heed Italy’s tragic situation as a warning. ”I beg all of you to please listen to what your government tells you to do, to look out for one another by staying at home, and to use the technology that we all love so much to remain connected.”

And while self-isolating and practicing social distancing might not be easy right now, Donatella remains hopeful that it will make all the difference for the future of our communities.

“If we all follow these simple rules, we will overcome this virus quickly and we can all go back to rebuilding our world. And maybe this is our chance to fix a couple of things while we’re at it,” she added.

Earlier this month, Donatella and her daughter Allegra announced they would be donating $224,000 (£182,000) to the intensive care department of the San Raffaele hospital in Milan.

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