Donatella Versace apologises after T-shirt design triggers criticism in China

Donatella Versace has issued an apology to the people of China after a Versace T-shirt design triggered fierce criticism in the nation.  Recently, designers at the Italian fashion label launched a range of T-shirts and hoodies which featured a list…

Donatella Versace has issued an apology to the people of China after a Versace T-shirt design triggered fierce criticism in the nation.  

Recently, designers at the Italian fashion label launched a range of T-shirts and hoodies which featured a list of famous cities and the countries they can be found in, such as ‘Milan – ITALY’, and ‘New York – USA’. 

However, a major online backlash was sparked after consumers noted that the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau were described as independent countries on the pieces. The incident comes at a particularly sensitive time due to the protests taking place in Hong Kong at present, with tens of thousands of campaigners demanding leaders listen to their concerns about China’s political influence.

“I am deeply sorry for the unfortunate recent error that was made by our Company and that is being currently discussed on various social media channels. Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty, and this is why I wanted to personally apologise for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused,” the 64-year-old shared on Instagram.  

In a separate statement, a Versace spokesperson confirmed the brand had stopped selling the garments and began destroying them on 24 July.  

“Versace reiterates that we love China deeply, and resolutely respect China’s territory and national sovereignty,” they added. “The Company apologises for the design of its product and a recall of the T-shirt has been implemented in July. The brand accepts accountability and is exploring actions to improve how we operate day-to-day to become more conscientious and aware.” 

Yet, one of the label’s brand ambassadors, Yang Mi, has publicly announced she will be ending her contract with Versace.  

The actress – one of the most famous stars in China – said “as a citizen of the People’s Republic of China” she was “extremely outraged” by the design. 

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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Kim Kardashian sending new make-up collection to ’90s icons

Kim Kardashian is planning to send her new make-up collection to ’90s style icons including Kate Moss, Jennifer Aniston, and Alicia Silverstone.The 38-year-old announced the latest additions to her KKW Beauty range – the Matte Smoke and Matte Cocoa Col…

Kim Kardashian is planning to send her new make-up collection to ’90s style icons including Kate Moss, Jennifer Aniston, and Alicia Silverstone.

The 38-year-old announced the latest additions to her KKW Beauty range – the Matte Smoke and Matte Cocoa Collections – on social media on Monday, and revealed they were heavily influenced by the make-up looks from the era.

“I’m so excited to announce my new 90’s inspired collection of all matte formulas – The Matte Smoke & Matte Cocoa Collections!!! I get a lot of my makeup inspiration from the 90’s and love how nostalgic this entire collection is,” Kim shared on Instagram. “There are so many looks you can create with this collection. I can’t wait for you guys to try it!!!”

The collection features two eyeshadow palettes, six lipliners, five eyeliners and six matte lipsticks, including one in the same shade she used to wear as a teenager.

And to celebrate the latest KKW Beauty products, Kim plans to send the new collection to her very own ’90s icons. In a video posted to Instagram, fans can see that the reality star has supermodel Kate Moss, Friends actress Jennifer Aniston and Clueless star Alicia Silverstone on her list.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali, singer Mary J. Blige, rapper Foxy Brown, Claire Danes, who shot to fame as the star of ’90s teen drama My So Called Life, and Winona Ryder, who fronted famous ’90s films including Edward Scissorhands and Mermaids, are also on the list.

The mother-of-four’s promo shoot for the launch of her new collection features Kim wearing Versace’s strappy belt dress, which was first worn by her hero Donatella Versace in the early 1990s.

The two new collections will be available from the KWW Beauty online store from 16 August.

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Luke Evans fronts Versace eyewear campaign

Luke Evans is starring in Versace’s new eyewear campaign. The Beauty and the Beast actor, who has previously fronted a charity campaign for jewellery designer Bulgari and promotional material for alcohol brand Stella Artois, has been tapped to model …

Luke Evans is starring in Versace’s new eyewear campaign.

The Beauty and the Beast actor, who has previously fronted a charity campaign for jewellery designer Bulgari and promotional material for alcohol brand Stella Artois, has been tapped to model the Italian fashion house’s latest range of eyewear.

In one of the images, shot by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the Welshman can be seen wearing metal-rimmed glasses while dressed in a pink shirt and patterned jacket. In other images, he can be seen wearing a skintight bright green T-shirt while modelling mirrored aviator sunglasses and sporting gold-rimmed sunglasses while wearing a jacket and no top underneath.

“Super Excited to show you guys an exclusive image from the new #VersaceEyewear collection,” the 40-year-old wrote on Instagram besides one of the pictures. “Thank you to my friend @donatella_versace for the experience!! Images by the immensely talented beauties @mertalas and @macpiggott.”

Evans is a friend of the Versace house and its boss Donatella Versace. He presented Donatella with the Designer of the Year prize at the 2018 GQ Awards and supported the brand at Milan Fashion Week in January.

“A true gentleman, with style and culture, funny and talented and – obviously – devilishly handsome and sexy. He is charming on so many levels, but the most important one is the fact that he is real,” the fashion designer said of Evans in a statement.

“With time, I also discovered his great heart and incredible generosity… We met for the first time more or less a year ago at an event and it was love at first sight. I was charmed not only by his looks, but mostly by what he had to say. This is why when the time came to choose a man for the new Versace Eyewear campaign, I did not have any doubt that it had to be him.”

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Jennifer Lopez wore custom Versace dress to 50th birthday celebrations

Jennifer Lopez wore a shimmering, custom-made dress by Versace for her epic 50th birthday bash.The singer/actress celebrated her milestone birthday with close friends and family at Gloria Estefan’s sprawling luxury estate on Star Island in Miami on Wed…

Jennifer Lopez wore a shimmering, custom-made dress by Versace for her epic 50th birthday bash.

The singer/actress celebrated her milestone birthday with close friends and family at Gloria Estefan’s sprawling luxury estate on Star Island in Miami on Wednesday and turned to Donatella Versace herself to help design the gown of her dreams.

Lopez resembled a Greek goddess in the chainmail cut-out dress, which featured belted straps and a thigh-high split. She enhanced the look by having her hair styled into a sleek ponytail and accessorised with diamond hoop earrings and her whopping 15-carat diamond engagement ring from fiance Alex Rodriguez.

Since then, the 50-year-old’s stylist Rob Zangardi has shared a behind-the-scenes on Instagram, showing fans how the show-stopping ensemble came together.

“Custom @versace for the Party! @jlo Thank you @donatella_versace @luciodirosa,” he captioned a photo of the expert design team from the Italian fashion house team working on the dress.

While Lucio Di Rosa, Versace’s head of celebrities, VIPs and haute couture clients worldwide, also shared a photo of Lopez’s completed outfit from her party on Instagram, and heaped praise on the “super sexy diva”.

“@jlo @versace there is not a better match on this earth. Happy Birthday Super Sexy Diva!! #jlo#versace,” he added.

The music-filled event included two special performances from Lopez’s 11-year-old twins, Max and Emme, who she shares with ex-husband Marc Anthony, as they serenaded their mother with a birthday rap and a song.

The Waiting for Tonight hitmaker shared a series of snaps from the bash too, including one of her whopping 10-tier gold birthday cake that was studded with Swarovski crystals.

“It’s been a birthday to remember. I can truly feel the love from all of you,” she wrote.

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Chiara Ferragni documentary to debut at Venice Film Festival

Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary o…

Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.

The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary of her popular blog, The Blonde Salad.

Ferragni’s documentary, which was directed by filmmaker Elisa Amoruso, will premiere at the prestigious film event on 4 September, and explores the private and professional life of the 32-year-old.

A bevy of famous faces are set to appear in the film – which began shooting in Sicily shortly after her wedding to rapper/producer Fedez last September – including Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Ferragni shared the exciting news with her followers on Instagram and posted a snap of herself on the red carpet at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

“GUYS: I’m almost crying for happiness to announce that the docu-film about my life will be presented at the 2019 Venice film festival. Thank you @elisamoruso for directing this film and making my childhood dream come true. I couldn’t be more excited for you to see it!” the star gushed in the caption.

She also urged her 17 million online fans to follow her new account dedicated to the film, @chiaraferragniunposted.

Additionally, Amoruso shared her joy at the news and thanked the “magical” influencer for pitching the project.

“The meeting with Chiara was magical from the beginning and to tell who this truly exceptional woman is was for me an exciting, intense journey that taught me so much,” the 38-year-old director wrote.

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Kaia Gerber fronting Versace’s ‘luxury-grunge’ campaign for fall 19

Kaia Gerber has been tapped to front Versace’s “luxury-grunge” fall/winter 2019 campaign.The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford, has had a long relationship with creative director Donatella Versace, having made her modelling debut for the Ita…

Kaia Gerber has been tapped to front Versace’s “luxury-grunge” fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford, has had a long relationship with creative director Donatella Versace, having made her modelling debut for the Italian label’s junior line when she was 10 years old.

Kaia has since gone on to appear in runway shows and campaigns for Versace, and on Tuesday, executives announced that she is one of the faces of the new campaign.

In the main image, the 17-year-old is seen sporting a furry jacket and green knit jumper, while sitting beside a leather handbag featuring a Baroque-style pattern. However, she is also wearing a messy blonde wig, slash of red lipstick, and has had her eyebrows bleached.

In the caption, a Versace rep simply wrote, “Introducing the #VersaceFW19 advertising campaign, that manifests the luxury-grunge aesthetic seen on the runway.”

Donatella oversaw the photoshoot, while Ferdinando Verderi was creative director, Pat McGrath was in charge of the make-up, and Guido Palau did the hairstyling.

Kaia also uploaded the snap to her Instagram page, with many of her four million followers commenting that she appeared almost unrecognisable.

“Wowwwwwww,” wrote Lily Aldridge, while one of Cindy’s fellow model pals, Gail Elliott, commented, “Gorgeous Kaia…! How amazing, Cindy!! GE.”

In other snaps from the campaign, Bente Oort sports an eclectic outfit comprised of a silky chemise, tweed skirt, and leopard-print jacket, while in an accompanying film, Donatella and models Anok Yai and Maike Inga are seen rocking out and playing instruments.

“Grunge is the new black. Next gig at Donatella’s basement,” Anok captioned the clip.

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Donatella Versace has no desire to step down from Versace: ‘I feel full of life’

Donatella Versace has no plans to step away from Versace.The Italian fashion mogul doesn’t want to work up until her death – like fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld, who was still at the helm of Chanel and Fendi when he passed away at the age of 85 in Febr…

Donatella Versace has no plans to step away from Versace.

The Italian fashion mogul doesn’t want to work up until her death – like fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld, who was still at the helm of Chanel and Fendi when he passed away at the age of 85 in February – but she won’t be resigning any time soon.

“At some point, you understand you need help,” Donatella told Business of Fashion. “But at the moment, I feel totally full of life.”

She also briefly discussed fellow designer Riccardo Tisci, who was reported to be taking over at Versace after his resignation from Givenchy in 2017. However, the negotiations fell through.

“I stayed where I am, and he went somewhere else,” she stated, noting that Riccardo is now the creative director of the British label, Burberry.

Elsewhere in the interview, Donatella confessed she wasn’t happy that Ryan Murphy chose her brother’s murder in 1997 as the subject of his U.S. drama series last year – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – which starred Penelope Cruz as Donatella, Edgar Ramirez as slain fashion mogul Gianni, and Darren Criss as killer Andrew Cunanan.

The 64-year-old said there were “errors” in the show but offered no specifics as to what they were.

“I know what happened,” Donatella cryptically added.

The FX programme won seven Emmys and two Golden Globes, with former Glee star Darren scooping three awards for his terrifying portrayal of the serial killer who shot Gianni dead on the steps of his mansion in Miami.

Despite her disappointment at the crime anthology series, Donatella is a big TV fan, and revealed she had recently binge-watched HBO’s Big Little Lies and Netflix’s The Society.

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Donatella Versace named Stonewall Ambassador

Donatella Versace is to be appointed Stonewall Ambassador in honour of her support for the LGBTQ community. The chief designer of the iconic Italian label has been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights and is now being recognised for her support by bei…

Donatella Versace is to be appointed Stonewall Ambassador in honour of her support for the LGBTQ community.

The chief designer of the iconic Italian label has been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights and is now being recognised for her support by being named a Stonewall Ambassador by officials at Pride Live, an organisation pushing for awareness and support for the LGBTQ community through social advocacy and community engagement.

Donatella and the new ambassadors, which also include former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst, were unveiled ahead of the second annual Stonewall Day on Friday, which commemorates the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York.

“Words cannot express how honoured I am to have been named an ambassador of Stonewall Inn,” the 64-year-old said to WWD. “What happened here in 1969 was something extraordinary that caught the attention of the world on the issues of diversity, equality, basic civil rights and acceptance. Today, we celebrate the enormous achievements of 50 years of fighting against prejudice and injustice and I could not be more proud to add my voice to the ones of millions of other people who have the strength and courage to demand a change in the status quo. For a better life for everyone. For a better world.”

Donatella will also introduce a limited-edition T-shirt to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and they will be available at Versace’s store in New York and online, with a portion of the proceeds going to Stonewall Day and Pride Live.

“I have always been a strong advocate and supporter of LGBTQ+ rights,” she continued. “We all need to voice our concern so that everyone can stop living in fear and is free to be whoever they want to be. We need to stop the hate and the discrimination to create a society that accepts diversity, treats everyone equally and is inclusive.”

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Donatella Versace wants more inclusivity in fashion

Donatella Versace is fighting hard for more inclusivity in the fashion industry.The chief designer of the iconic Italian label has told WWD that she finds it “crazy” there is such a focus on sustainability and becoming eco-friendly in the business, rat…

Donatella Versace is fighting hard for more inclusivity in the fashion industry.

The chief designer of the iconic Italian label has told WWD that she finds it “crazy” there is such a focus on sustainability and becoming eco-friendly in the business, rather than closing in on the lack of diversity.

“I have been fighting for inclusivity for so long. Inclusivity is the most important thing,” she fired in the interview. “You cannot be rejected because the colour of your skin is not the same as mine, because your culture is different from mine, because you don’t look like me.”

Donatella is keen to make an impression on the youth of today, so they can change the fashion world in the future.

“It’s really bad, it’s crazy and if there is someone who can do something it’s fashion, because we influence the young people following us, who can make the difference. Inclusivity and diversity have always been important values for us,” the 64-year-old said of the Versace fashion house.

While some labels are focusing on becoming more environmentally friendly and using textiles that are recycled and made in factories without damaging emissions, Donatella believes inclusivity is far more important.

“(A) T-shirt with the wording ‘Let’s save the planet’ is less powerful, even if it’s a positive message, but I think that is less relevant than inclusivity right now. There are companies that produce abroad in countries where children work day and night and then they talk about the environment,” she added, seemingly referencing hypocritical fashion brands.

She also opened up about Versace’s menswear collection for spring 2020, and hoped that it would encourage “courageous” men to embrace their feminine side and experiment.

“Today, boys are more courageous, while men 10 years ago were thinking, ‘I cannot wear this because they might think I’m gay,” Donatella stated.

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