Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into iconic Versace safety pin dress

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when …

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.

The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when she accompanied then-boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994.

To mark the anniversary of the iconic garment, Versace creative director Donatella Versace has recreated the outfit. However, Elizabeth, 53, is adamant she can still slip into the original.

“I don’t exercise, but I am very active,” she said in an interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “But just because it still fits doesn’t mean I would wear it today – it wouldn’t be appropriate!”

Elizabeth went on to describe how Donatella’s updated safety pin dress is much “more demure” than the one her late brother Gianni Versace dreamed up, with the new ensemble featuring draped fabric across the bodice and one long sleeve.

And even though the Versace dress launched the brunette beauty onto the global stage, leading to her scoring a gig as a brand ambassador for Estee Lauder, she insisted that she had no idea that the little black dress would have the power to change the course of her career.

“I was so unprepared for what happened that night… I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh’s premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion,” Elizabeth recalled, adding that she ended up collecting the dress from a PR executive’s office. “I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag… I took it home and did my own hair and make-up, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn’t even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat. It was all very unglamorous compared to how things get done these days.”

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Versace and 2 Chainz team for new shoe design and athleisure line

Versace has recruited 2 Chainz for a new sneaker design.The rapper and the Italian brand first teamed in 2018 on the label’s Chain Reaction line, and have once again joined forces on a new shoe, as well as an upcoming athleisure capsule collection Th…

Versace has recruited 2 Chainz for a new sneaker design.

The rapper and the Italian brand first teamed in 2018 on the label’s Chain Reaction line, and have once again joined forces on a new shoe, as well as an upcoming athleisure capsule collection

The We Own It rapper’s new sneaker features a chain-link sole, Versace’s Grecian frieze print, and braille lettering, reports WWD. The grey and white shoes also introduce an embossed croc Neoprene collar with dual zip closure, with the zippers connected by a nylon strap for ease and functionality.

Uploading a photo of the shoe on Instagram, held inside a gold photo frame, a brand representative wrote: “@2chainz joins the #VersaceChainReaction family pack launching February 1st! Stay tuned for more information. #2ChainReaction.”

The sneaker will debut during Super Bowl weekend in 2 Chainz’s native Atlanta, where this year’s sporting finale will be held, at a pop-up boutique in the Georgia city’s Wish Gallery. The shop will be open from 1 – 3 February (19).

Later that week they’ll be stocked at Versace’s Phipps Plaza boutique in Atlanta, but for fans not based in the area, they can also buy a pair on versace.com.

2 Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps, has long been a fan of the brand, and even married longtime love Kesha Ward at late designer Gianni Versace’s Miami mansion in August, cheered on by celeb pals Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Gucci Mane and Pusha T.

The nuptials came after the 41-year-old proposed at the Met Gala three months earlier after being invited by Donatella Versace.

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Donatella Versace: ‘I’m very, very proud of my brother’

Donatella Versace credits her brother Gianni Versace for being “the first” to be completely comfortable with his sexuality.The 63-year-old took over all aspects of the Italian label following Gianni’s murder in 1997, and has worked hard to maintain the…

Donatella Versace credits her brother Gianni Versace for being “the first” to be completely comfortable with his sexuality.

The 63-year-old took over all aspects of the Italian label following Gianni’s murder in 1997, and has worked hard to maintain the fun and flamboyant legacy he created, displayed most recently in Versace’s pre-fall 2019 collection which was debuted in New York on Sunday (02Dec18).

Reflecting on her brother’s life for a cover interview with Attitude magazine, Donatella shared that she is as proud of her brother’s courage as she is of his design flair.

“I’m very, very proud of my brother because when he came out we were in Miami and nobody was coming out,” she recalled. “He was the first of the first to be completely comfortable with his sexuality. I remember being 11 years old in Italy and he said, ‘You know what? I’m gay’, and I thought, ‘Ah, now I understand!'”

The fashion mogul has always spoken openly about the close relationship she and Gianni shared, with the Versace founder treating Donatella as his muse and even gifting her with her own label, Versus.

Gianni also launched a perfume dedicated to his younger sister titled Blonde, which was particularly fitting given that he was responsible for Donatella’s now-famous platinum hairstyle.

“Two hours later (after he came out), his friend, a hairdresser, came over and started bleaching my hair blonde. We went little by little in a week,” she explained. “I first had highlighter, then went blonder, then it was totally platinum — and my mother wanted to kill him! ‘Leave her alone!’ Gianni was, ‘Blonder, blonder, blonder!'”

In addition to running the fashion business, Donatella is also keen to contribute to the work her brother did for the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, and regularly helps Elton John – a close friend of Gianni’s – with his AIDS Foundation.

“He calls me and I go — I help whenever I can,” she smiled.

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Iman refuses to let her daughter enter modelling business

Iman won’t allow her 18-year-old daughter to enter the modelling industry.The Somali-American supermodel first appeared in U.S. Vogue in 1976 and soon became a muse for many designers, including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan. While Im…

Iman won’t allow her 18-year-old daughter to enter the modelling industry.

The Somali-American supermodel first appeared in U.S. Vogue in 1976 and soon became a muse for many designers, including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan.

While Iman has enjoyed a long career in the fashion world, she has now confessed that she doesn’t want Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Jones, her daughter with her late husband David Bowie, to follow in her footsteps.

“Every agency, every designer, called me to say: ‘If she wants to, we’d love for her to model for us,'” she recalled to Porter magazine of the time she uploaded photos of Lexi to her Instagram page to mark her birthday in August (18). “I said: ‘No, she doesn’t.’ I know why they wanted to her to model – it’s because she is David Bowie’s daughter.”

Iman went on to share that Lexi is currently taking a gap year. She also admitted that her daughter thinks she is “overprotective” when it comes to keeping their lives out of the spotlight.

“She says I am overprotective,” the 63-year-old sighed. “But I told her, this can all wait, it isn’t going anywhere. Have a life that is private while you can, because one day soon it is going to be public, so enjoy this.”

During the chat, Iman spoke about her successful Iman Cosmetics company too. She launched the brand in 1994 after years of struggling to find the right foundation shades for her skin tone, with her trailblazing products leading the way for other cosmetics giants, like M.A.C and Fenty Beauty.

“Now, every brand has 40 shades of foundation, but Iman Cosmetics was one of the first that changed the way we think about make-up,” she smiled. “That will be my legacy, and I am very happy to be remembered that way.”

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Donatella Versace: ‘I’m not leaving Versace’ 

Donatella Versace has promised fashion fans that she is not departing Versace.The Italian fashion house, which the 63-year-old designer has run since the tragic death of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997, was snapped up by executives at Michael Kors H…

Donatella Versace has promised fashion fans that she is not departing Versace.

The Italian fashion house, which the 63-year-old designer has run since the tragic death of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997, was snapped up by executives at Michael Kors Holdings Limited on Tuesday (25Sep18) for $2.12 billion (£1.6 billion).

While the move marks a major shift for the management of the business, Donatella has now shut down rumours swirling on social media suggesting she may be leaving the company.

“Ciao a tutti! (Hello to all),” she began in a statement posted on her Instagram page on Thursday (27Sep18). “You all know how I love the interaction that I have with all of you here. First of all, I wanted to let you know that I am NOT going anywhere, so for those who wanted to get rid of me, well…it ain’t happening!”

Donatella will continue to oversee the creative side of Versace and is to become a shareholder in Capri Holdings Limited, the new name for Michael Kors Holdings, along with her older brother Santo Versace and her 32-year-old daughter Allegra Versace.

And in her Instagram post, she emphasised that she is committed to upholding the values of the house and has plans to forge an “exciting” new path for the brand.

“I also wanted to reassure you that Versace will remain ITALIAN, Made in Italy and that it will keep its GLAMOUR, DARING and INCLUSIVE attitude that have made you all love it. This is just the beginning of an exciting, new adventure that I hope you will live together with me! xoxo Donatella,” the fashion icon added.

As part of the Capri Holdings deal, Versace’s management team will continue to be led by chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd.

He will oversee a new strategic plan for the long-term growth of the business, including a proposal to open 100 more stores and develop e-commerce platforms.

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Donatella Versace: ‘Versace will remain a luxury brand’ 

Donatella Versace is determined for Versace to remain a luxury brand.The Italian fashion house, which the 63-year-old designer has run since the tragic death of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997, was snapped up by executives at Michael Kors Holdings L…

Donatella Versace is determined for Versace to remain a luxury brand.

The Italian fashion house, which the 63-year-old designer has run since the tragic death of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997, was snapped up by executives at Michael Kors Holdings Limited on Tuesday (25Sep18) for $2.12 billion (£1.6 billion).

While the move marks a major shift for the management of the business, Donatella has emphasised that the Versace image won’t change.

“Italians don’t compromise,” she told Business of Fashion of the deal. “Versace is a luxury brand, and it’s going to stay a luxury brand.”

Donatella will remain the company’s creative director, while her older brother Santo Versace and daughter Allegra Versace, 32, will become shareholders in Capri Holdings Limited – the new name for Michael Kors Holdings.

Though bosses at rival fashion conglomerates PVH and Tapestry were also reported to be interested in buying Versace, the designer ultimately decided to partner with Michael Kors due to the commitment of chairman and chief executive officer, John D. Idol.

“We share the same vision, the same passion; John loves luxury, and he really cares about keeping Versace a luxury brand,” explained Donatella.

Versace’s management team will continue to be led by chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd, who will oversee a new strategic plan for the long-term growth of the business, including a proposal to open 100 more stores and develop e-commerce platforms. And John insisted that he had no intention of turning the iconic house into a more accessible retailer.

“We’re going (in) the opposite direction, we’re going upmarket,” he added. “There will be no additional licenses, nothing like that. We’re going to be focusing on the Versace first line – which is a predominate amount of the business anyway – and you are going to see even more concentration on that.”

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Donatella Versace wants women to feel they can do anything in her clothes

Donatella Versace believes her bold clothes perfectly embody the current feminist movement.In response to the sexual harassment and assault allegations that recently rocked the entertainment and fashion industries, women from all walks of life have bec…

Donatella Versace believes her bold clothes perfectly embody the current feminist movement.

In response to the sexual harassment and assault allegations that recently rocked the entertainment and fashion industries, women from all walks of life have become outspoken, telling their own #MeToo stories.

And the movement is something Donatella has championed through her overtly sexy designs since the beginning of her career.

“I want to make women feel that they can do that in Versace, and never be too shy to say what they think. That is what we have always stood for, but especially in this time,” she told Porter magazine.

In keeping with her brand’s aesthetic, Donatella, who took over as the head of Versace after her brother and label founder Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997, always wear flattering silhouettes that perfectly show off her slim frame.

Because for the 63-year-old, clothes are a way to convey her sultry side.

“It is a weapon. When your clothes are desirable, your attitude is too,” she commented. “It’s important to have something to say so that people want to listen to you, but it’s about people choosing to notice you because you look a certain way, so you need to have the voice to go with it.”

While Versace has long been the go-to brand for lots of A-listers, a new generation of stars are finding the label’s designs in something Donatella has dubbed a Versace “revival”. Hip-hop trio Migos and Bruno Mars have even dedicated songs to the Italian fashion house.

“Young people and millennials are obsessed with (Versace),” Donatella smiled.

“Those artists are the royalty of today. They are singing about real life and they convey what is desirable today – that youth culture isn’t afraid of being and looking sexy. It is a rebellion against forced minimalism and everyone dressing and looking the same. I always say that if everyone is wearing the same thing and saying the same thing then nobody is desirable.”

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Elton John talks eccentric stage costumes: ‘I probably made a fool of myself’

Elton John reckons his fans would describe his past stage costumes as “ridiculous”.The singer has sported an array of flamboyant outfits over the course of his 50-year career, and he used to have a particular penchant for pieces abundant in bright colo…

Elton John reckons his fans would describe his past stage costumes as “ridiculous”.

The singer has sported an array of flamboyant outfits over the course of his 50-year career, and he used to have a particular penchant for pieces abundant in bright colours, feathers and sequins, usually accessorised with bold headpieces and extravagant eyewear.

Looking back, Elton admits that his clothes may have been mocked by critics – but he doesn’t care one bit.

“In some of the costumes I wore, I probably did make a fool of myself,” he reminisced in an interview with British Vogue. “Not to me, but other people thought, ‘That looks ridiculous.’ It’s what your idea of ridiculous is.”

The music legend also emphasised that his creations had nothing to do with breaking gender norms, as opposed to other popular artists of the time.

“I never wore any make-up. I wasn’t glam rock. I wasn’t David Bowie,” the 71-year-old insisted. “I was me being a blokey guy wearing these clothes. I had to have humour in my costume.”

Elton will be embarking on his three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour from September (18), and has tapped Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele to style him in a host of memorable costumes, as he is “obsessed with him,” as well as his clothes.

“For me, the only person that was like that in my life before was Gianni (Versace), and when Gianni died, a part of me died,” the Candle in the Wind hitmaker shared. “He saw everything, he loved everything, he channelled everything. Nothing was off limits with him. Alessandro is the first thing that’s happened in my life since Gianni died that I can really identify with.

“I’ve always been fearless, and that’s why I love Alessandro. He doesn’t give a f**k what people think.”

And the feeling is clearly mutual, as Elton served as inspiration for Gucci’s spring/summer 2018 collection.

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Gianni Versace refused extra security before murder

Gianni Versace was once urged by his family to hire extra security guards.The Italian designer, who helmed namesake label Versace – which is now run by his sister Donatella Versace – was murdered on the front steps of his Miami mansion in July 1997 by …

Gianni Versace was once urged by his family to hire extra security guards.

The Italian designer, who helmed namesake label Versace – which is now run by his sister Donatella Versace – was murdered on the front steps of his Miami mansion in July 1997 by Andrew Cunanan.

His shocking death 21 years ago was the subject of the second season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story earlier this year (18), and People magazine have also analysed the case for a new episode of People Magazine Investigates, titled Crimes of Fashion.

“We had lived a very safe life without any problems,” Versace’s former partner Antonio D’Amico told People, adding that the 50-year-old designer always refused to hire bodyguards and extra security despite his family’s urging. “He thought people looked ridiculous surrounded by these giant men. We never felt in danger. He didn’t want to draw more attention to himself than necessary with all the bodyguards.”

Recalling the day of the shooting, D’Amico said his blood chilled when he heard the shots being fired just outside his front door. He also got a glimpse of killer Cunanan before he fled the scene.

“Right in that moment, I ran outside. We had this shocking vision of Gianni and then I saw this guy on the walkway and he turns back and looks at us with a kind of smile, a strange face, and I said to Lazaro (Quintana, a friend of Versace’s), ‘He did it, he did it, go get him,'” he remembered.

Cunanan was able to evade police and FBI agents for over a week, but as law enforcement officers closed in, the 27-year-old, who went on a killing spree before shooting Versace, shot himself.

“The FBI and the police couldn’t find a single person that didn’t like Gianni,” D’Amico said. “They couldn’t find a single reason why someone would want to kill him, because he was such a normal guy. He was a very normal, shy person.”

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Naomi Campbell once gifted Nelson Mandela 50 Versace shirts

Naomi Campbell once gifted Nelson Mandela dozens of Versace shirts.The British supermodel first met the former South African President in 1994 when she flew to the country to judge that year’s Miss World competition, with the pair maintaining a close f…

Naomi Campbell once gifted Nelson Mandela dozens of Versace shirts.

The British supermodel first met the former South African President in 1994 when she flew to the country to judge that year’s Miss World competition, with the pair maintaining a close friendship until his death in December 2013 at the age of 95.

As the centenary of Mandela’s birth approaches on 18 July (18), Campbell has opened up about her bond with the late political leader and spoken about his love for the Italian fashion label.

“Granddad (Mandela) loved the shirts and designs Versace was so famous for,” she smiled in an interview with InStyle U.S. “I remember Gianni (Versace) made him about 50 shirts I took with me to give to him.”

The 48-year-old insisted that the Italian designer “loved Nelson Mandela,” while the fashion house continued to support the politician the following year when Campbell organised a Versace catwalk show in the city of Cape Town. The event ended up raising a significant amount of money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

“In 1998, I took 78 people from New York City – we all travelled to South Africa: Bridget Hall, Erin O’Connor, Karen Elson, hairdresser Orlando Pita, my BFF (best friend forever) Christy Turlington. And I shared (Mandela) with everyone,” she recalled. “I wanted everyone to know the special human being that I’d met that was a ray of light in my life. He grew on everyone.”

Meanwhile, the fashion icon recently took to the runway in Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda presentation in Italy alongside Helena Christensen and Ashley Graham. Campbell walked along a gravel path in a gorgeous Lake Como villa and stole the show wearing a decadent floral and feathered gown with an opulent matching headdress.

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