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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Prada donates intensive care units to Italian hospitals

Prada has donated two intensive care and resuscitation units to hospitals in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.The country is in lockdown after becoming one of the worst affected areas outside of China, where the outbreak began in December, with more…

Prada has donated two intensive care and resuscitation units to hospitals in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The country is in lockdown after becoming one of the worst affected areas outside of China, where the outbreak began in December, with more than 27,980 people infected and 2,158 deaths.

A joint statement released on Monday by Prada chairman Carlo Mazzi and chief executive officers Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli revealed that they have donated two complete intensive care and resuscitation units each to three hospitals in Milan – the Vittore Buzzi, Sacco and San Raffaele.

According to Footwear News, the Italian fashion house confirmed that the six donations were private and had been made personally.

More than 60 million people have been on lockdown since the Covid-19 outbreak began to devastate the country, which reported a jump of 950 cases in just 24 hours on Sunday.

The news from Prada comes shortly after it was revealed Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck had donated $224,000 (£182,000) to a hospital in Milan to support the city’s strained health service.

Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni has also raised over $3.4 million (£1.8 million) to help deal with the epidemic via a GoFundMe campaign.

Elsewhere, employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals in France, which is now on lockdown after stringent measures were imposed on Monday by President Emmanuel Macron.

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Donatella Versace donates $224,000 to Milan hospital amid coronavirus crisis

Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck have donated $224,000 (£182,000) to a hospital in Milan, Italy amid the coronavirus crisis.The 64-year-old chief creative officer of Versace announced they would be giving the sum to the intensiv…

Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck have donated $224,000 (£182,000) to a hospital in Milan, Italy amid the coronavirus crisis.

The 64-year-old chief creative officer of Versace announced they would be giving the sum to the intensive care department of the San Raffaele hospital, which has been overwhelmed with patients since February, and has been appealing for financial help.

“In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives,” Donatella said in a statement on social media on Friday.

“This is why, Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan,” she continued. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and to all the doctors and medical staff who have been working heroically non-stop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones… This is when we, as a society, need to stand together and care for one another.”

Currently, Italy has the highest number of Covid-19 cases outside of China, where the virus originated in December.

More than 24,700 people have been infected, with more than 1,800 deaths.

Donatella follows in the footsteps of Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni, who has raised over $3.4 million (£1.8 million) to help deal with the epidemic via a GoFundMe campaign.

Chiara and her husband, Italian rapper Fedez, also made a personal donation of $114,000 (£86,000) to help fund the purchase of much-needed new hospital beds in the San Raffaele hospital.

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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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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez wow in sparkly costumes during Super Bowl Halftime Show

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez pulled out all of the stops for the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday night.The superstars took to the stage for a 15-minute performance partway through the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers…

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez pulled out all of the stops for the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday night.

The superstars took to the stage for a 15-minute performance partway through the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

While the Halftime Show featured guest appearances by J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Jennifer’s 11-year-old daughter Emme Muniz, just as much attention was placed on the numerous costume changes made by the co-headliners.

Shakira kicked off the extravaganza with a rendition of her song She Wolf in a red minidress covered in Swarovski crystals and matching boots from fashion designer Peter Dundas, though she later ripped off part of her skirt to showcase her abs as she launched into her 2001 hit Whenever, Wherever.

Following the 43-year-old’s set, Jennifer made a splash by singing Jenny from the Block while wearing a studded black leather catsuit from Versace.

She later sported a nude-illusion bodysuit featuring metallic accents to demonstrate the pole dancing skills she mastered for her movie Hustlers on the stage, with a representative from the Italian label noting that the garment took over 700 hours to complete.

Meanwhile, Jennifer, 50, changed into a silver-toned bodysuit with metallic fringe for her performance of Let’s Get Loud, but also gave a nod to her heritage by draping a banner made of feathers decorated to resemble the U.S. and Puerto Rican flags over her shoulders.

For the final part of the spectacle, Shakira opted for a two-piece gold ensemble and matching gold sneakers, with the duo embracing in a big hug at the conclusion as fireworks were set off in the background.

“THANK YOU #TeamDundas for an incredible job. Big applause to @JLo @DonatellaVersace and stylists @RobZanargi and @marielhaenn (Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn). That was epic!!” wrote Peter alongside a slideshow of snaps from the concert.

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers during the game.

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Donatella Versace thrilled to create Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl Halftime Show outfits

Donatella Versace was thrilled to outfit Jennifer Lopez for the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday night.The Jenny from the Block hitmaker and fellow superstar Shakira took to the stage for a 15-minute performance partway through the big game between t…

Donatella Versace was thrilled to outfit Jennifer Lopez for the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday night.

The Jenny from the Block hitmaker and fellow superstar Shakira took to the stage for a 15-minute performance partway through the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

But for fashion fans, the night was less about the National Football League (NFL) contest and more about the costumes, with the 50-year-old entertainer wearing a series of Versace ensembles, including a studded black leather catsuit, a nude-illusion bodysuit, as well as a silver-toned bodysuit with metallic fringe.

“SUPER BOWL Half-time Show. When Jennifer hits the stage….!! Speechless!!” Donatella captioned a slideshow of images on Instagram. “WOOWW!! What a show!! Two incredibly talented women on stage tonight… Bravissime (congratulations) Shakira and Jennifer!! So exciting!”

Meanwhile, Donatella’s team also created a banner made of feathers that resembled the U.S. and Puerto Rican flags for Jennifer’s performance of Let’s Get Loud alongside her 11-year-old daughter Emme Muniz. All feathers were sourced ethically.

“Such an iconic moment last night, Jennifer and Emme on stage together! So beautiful and strong!!” the Italian designer wrote alongside a snap of the pair.

Meanwhile, Norwegian fashion star Peter Dundas was tasked with crafting Shakira’s costumes for the bash, coming up with a red minidress covered in Swarovski crystals and matching boots, as well as a two-piece gold ensemble and matching gold sneakers.

“THANK YOU #TeamDundas for an incredible job. Big applause to @JLo @DonatellaVersace and stylists @RobZanargi and @marielhaenn (Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn). That was epic!!” he wrote alongside a slideshow of snaps.

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Donatella Versace thrilled to outfit major stars for 2020 Grammy Awards

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to sh…

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to share images of the celebrities her team had outfitted for the annual music bash.

Alongside a snap of Lil Nas X in a hot pink suit and matching cowboy hat, she wrote, “Breathtaking @lilnasx … such a look!! Love it!!” while beside a picture of Lizzo rocking an Old Hollywood-inspired strapless white gown, the fashion star praised: “Such a #RedCarpet dream… Perfection! Lizzo!”

Elsewhere, members of the Versace atelier made the black ballgown sported by Camila Cabello for her red carpet entrance, as well as the lilac dress she wore to perform First Man during the show, and the sexy canary yellow number she slipped into later on.

Other designers to make outfits for multiple artists included Christian Siriano, who dreamed up glamorous looks for the likes of Shania Twain, Best New Artist nominee YOLA, Lizzo, and Demi Lovato.

“Demi, it was an honour to create for you tonight and WOW that was unbelievable! Love you!” he captioned a picture of the singer sporting a white ballgown while performing her new song Anyone.

Other standout looks on the night included the white beaded Ralph & Russo dress donned by Priyanka Chopra, the monogrammed Gucci number sported by multiple Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, and the Cinderella-esque Giambattista Valli dress rocked by Ariana Grande as she made her red carpet entrance.

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Jennifer Lopez named as new face of Versace

Jennifer Lopez is celebrating her long-running relationship with Versace by becoming the face of the label’s new campaign. The superstar has been associated with the Italian fashion house since 2000, when she wore the brand’s plunging jungle print dres…

Jennifer Lopez is celebrating her long-running relationship with Versace by becoming the face of the label’s new campaign.

The superstar has been associated with the Italian fashion house since 2000, when she wore the brand’s plunging jungle print dress to the Grammy Awards, with the iconic red carpet outfit leading to the creation of Google Images. She celebrated the look once again in September, when she sported an updated version to close Versace’s catwalk show in Milan.

Now, Jennifer has revealed that she and Versace’s chief creative officer Donatella Versace were celebrating two decades of their professional relationship by collaborating on the brand’s spring/summer 2020 advertising campaign.

“I am so excited I can finally reveal that I am the face of the #VersaceSS20 campaign!” the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram over the weekend. “Thank you to @Donatella_Versace and everyone at @Versace for your vision and collaboration.”

The singer shared pictures from the futuristic campaign, which was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and showed her posing in various designs in a glass box featuring holograms of a computer keyboard on the walls. She can be seen modelling a new spin on the jungle print design – a plunging jumpsuit with matching blazer – as well as a red minidress and a midriff-baring black number.

“To me, Versace represents empowerment and putting something beautiful out into the world,” she explained in a statement. “It’s a dream to collaborate with my friend Donatella again on this gorgeous campaign.”

Donatella posted various images on Instagram and described her longtime friend as “simply breathtaking” and “stunning”.

“Thank you so much Jennifer for taking part in this project… Love you! #VersaceSS20 #Campaign #JLo @jlo,” the designer wrote.

The campaign, which also features Kendall Jenner, comes amid a successful period in Jennifer’s career. She is currently hitting the awards season circuit for her performance in Hustlers and is preparing to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Shakira in February.

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Donatella Versace has a beauty salon in her home

Donatella Versace has a fully stocked beauty salon located within her home.The fashion designer, who is the chief creative officer of the Versace label, is recognised around the world for her platinum blonde hair and bronzed skin. But maintaining her …

Donatella Versace has a fully stocked beauty salon located within her home.

The fashion designer, who is the chief creative officer of the Versace label, is recognised around the world for her platinum blonde hair and bronzed skin.

But maintaining her signature look takes work, and in an interview for Porter magazine, Donatella divulged that she has her very own spa area within her Milan mansion.

“My own home is also my personal beauty salon,” she said. “I’m very lucky and I have a massage bed, an oxygen machine and a trusted aesthetician who comes and helps me with my beauty routine.”

Donatella is passionate about skincare and has tried just about every cleanser and moisturiser on the market, and also gets a thrill any time celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath sends her any new cosmetics to test out. Yet, her favourite way to relax is by hopping into a hot bath.

“I always use perfumed bath salts and baby oil,” the 64-year-old noted of her bathing routine.

Apart from her beauty regime, Donatella keeps in shape by exercising for at least half an hour each day, drinking plenty of water, and abiding by a very healthy diet.

“In a typical day, I will eat a lot of fruit, steamed fish and vegetables, and drink a lot of water. I don’t take any supplements or have smoothies or juices, but I eat super-healthily,” she added.

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