Donatella Versace stands by sexy outfits in wake of #MeToo era

Donatella Versace is adamant that women should still wear sexy outfits in the #MeToo era.The 63-year-old is chief designer at Versace, a label renowned for its racy aesthetic popularised by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Hurley, who h…

Donatella Versace is adamant that women should still wear sexy outfits in the #MeToo era.

The 63-year-old is chief designer at Versace, a label renowned for its racy aesthetic popularised by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Hurley, who have worn the brand’s designs to many A-list events.

Though conversations about the sexual harassment of women are still rife in the film, music and fashion industries, Versace doesn’t believe the ongoing discussions should determine the way women dress.

“To be empowered is to look your best, to show femininity,” she insisted in an interview with The Times. “Sexy is an attitude. It doesn’t have to be about sex. It can mean, ‘Look at me, I have something to say.’ Female empowerment is not someone in a pair of jeans and no make-up. What are you supposed to do because of #MeToo, become unsexy?”

Though the fashion legend has strong opinions when it comes to style, she is open to debate and shared that the popularisation of social media definitely has had an influence on her professional decisions.

“It’s a revolution. Now you have direct contact with a younger generation. You can listen to different people from all over the world, and it makes it easier to understand that you need to change,” the platinum blonde star shared. “That’s when I began to push it a little bit. It was these conversations on the Internet which changed what I was doing completely. The Internet is an instrument that lets you be in tune.”

During the interview, Versace spoke about her late brother Gianni Versace, who was tragically murdered in 1997. Like her, the designer also had powerful ideas about the best way to dress, but his sister was never afraid to tell him the truth.

“No one else had the courage (to say no to him),” she smiled. “I would say, ‘This is wrong. Let’s do it again.'”

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Madonna comforted Donatella Versace after her brother Gianni’s murder

Donatella Versace will never forget the way Madonna comforted her following the murder of her brother Gianni.The Italian fashion designer was assassinated in July, 1997, with his tragic death explored in recent TV series American Crime Story: The Assas…

Donatella Versace will never forget the way Madonna comforted her following the murder of her brother Gianni.

The Italian fashion designer was assassinated in July, 1997, with his tragic death explored in recent TV series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Donatella has also been doing the promo rounds in the wake of the programme’s release, and revealed a somewhat surprising detail about the aftermath of Gianni’s death in an interview with fashion platform Ssense.

“After identification, I drove to Gianni’s villa on Ocean Drive. Madonna was waiting for me inside,” Donatella remembered. “I will never forget that she was trying to comfort me during these hours. There were FBI agents everywhere in the house. They interrogated each of us and opened all the drawers, a nightmare. My brother had just been murdered, and we were being treated like suspects. But that’s probably what FBI agents have to do.”

According to British music producer William Orbit, who had been working with Madonna on her album Ray of Light at the time of Gianni’s death, the singer was one of the first people Donatella called after finding out about her brother’s passing.

“We were recording (the song) Swim on the day Versace was murdered,” Orbit told Q magazine back in 2002. “Madonna was very friendly with him and his sister, Donatella, who was in the street, distraught, on her cellphone to Madonna. But she did the vocal, which is probably why it has such an emotional impact.”

Despite the latest installment of American Crime Story, which starred Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin, being a huge hit, Donatella isn’t a fan of the retelling of her sibling’s shooting.

“I still get as angry as I did on the first day when people want to make money with lies about Gianni,” she said. “My lawyers tried to file a lawsuit against this television series, but they lost because my brother is a person of contemporary history and therefore has limited personal rights.

“Why does this TV series about my brother have to come now? The murder was 20 years ago. Can’t people leave Gianni alone?”

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Iman shares her simple strategy for combatting discrimination in fashion

Iman makes a point of supporting brands that promote inclusivity and diversity in fashion.The Somalia-born supermodel was a muse for the likes of Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent during her heyday as a high fash…

Iman makes a point of supporting brands that promote inclusivity and diversity in fashion.

The Somalia-born supermodel was a muse for the likes of Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent during her heyday as a high fashion model and has since gone on to establish herself as a beauty mogul with her company, Iman Cosmetics.

Promoting diversity in the industry has long been at the forefront of Iman’s mind and she has now shared her simple strategy for combatting discrimination.

“If a designer boycotts me, I should boycott him,” she told actress Taraji P. Henson in an interview for the April (18) issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “I’m not going to buy a bag from someone who doesn’t use black models. We should celebrate and highlight the people who actually step it up.”

Iman kicked off her modelling career in 1975, when she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard.

In the early days, she looked up to people such as Naomi Sims, who is widely credited as the first African-American supermodel and has recalled how different the business was then.

“Funnily enough, there were more black models working back when I started than there have been recently,” the 62-year-old said, adding that she was inspired to team with Bethann Hardison and Naomi Campbell to push for a new wave of faces a couple of years ago. “We talked about it in the press and to the CFDA, and I think we’re seeing the change on the runways and in campaigns.”

Iman, the widow of rock musician David Bowie, was named as a Fashion Icon by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2010. While she counts that award as an important achievement, she doesn’t see it as any more important than any of her other accomplishments.

“It’s a weighty title, but at the same time the Fashion Icon Award is just a title. Of course, it’s nice that it comes from peers in the fashion industry,” she smiled.

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British fashion label launches lawsuit against Versace

A small British label has filed a lawsuit against fashion giant Versace, accusing the brand of copying its lion logo.London-based streetwear brand No Fixed Abode (NFA) has claimed that Versace’s Versus line has stolen its distinctive lion ‘knocker’ emb…

A small British label has filed a lawsuit against fashion giant Versace, accusing the brand of copying its lion logo.

London-based streetwear brand No Fixed Abode (NFA) has claimed that Versace’s Versus line has stolen its distinctive lion ‘knocker’ emblem, which consists of a lion with a ring in its mouth.

Company executives insist they adopted the logo when they first launched the brand in 2013, and are demanding the iconic Italian label, helmed by Donatella Versace, cease selling garments bearing the image, as well as pay a licensing fee.

“This is not a one-off case. It is happening time and time again,” an NFA spokesperson said in a statement to the Daily Mail. “It’s time we do something to protect artists’ rights around the world.”

Founder Emma Mann claims she first noticed the similarity between the graphics of NFA and Versus Versace while walking past a store in 2016. Since then, she believes she has identified over 200 products displaying the logo. Her U.K. brand trademarked the lion image at the start of 2017, and legal documents show that NFA filed a complaint against Gianni Versace S.p.A., the label’s full title, and Versace U.K. PLC at the High Court of Justice in February (18).

Versace have declined to comment on the allegations.

Earlier this month (Mar18), fellow luxury label Vivienne Westwood was forced to apologise for plagiarism when two British designers accused the brand of using their design on a T-shirt without asking.

“The use of your graphics on our t-shirt was only ever meant to be a celebration of your work,” a Vivienne Westwood employee wrote on the label’s Instagram page. “We got caught up in a last minute frenzy and did not contact you to ask for your permission. We are truly sorry about this mistake and want to make it up to you.”

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Donatella Versace: ‘Londoners dress so well’

Donatella Versace is a big fan of the way people in London dress.The designer, head of the namesake label her late brother Gianni Versace founded in 1978, is known for her bold and fearless style. She often utilises colour and intricate prints, includi…

Donatella Versace is a big fan of the way people in London dress.

The designer, head of the namesake label her late brother Gianni Versace founded in 1978, is known for her bold and fearless style.

She often utilises colour and intricate prints, including her brother’s beloved baroque, in her collections, and draws similarities to Versace designs and the outfit choices of Londoners.

“Going to London for me is like going on a new adventure every time. When I am in town I love to ‘people watch’. I look at what people are wearing, how they move and interact,” she told the Evening Standard. “Londoners are very good in mixing and matching and wearing whatever they feel like without constraints from society. It is a very independent and unique fashion sense, which you also find in Versace.”

Divulging more about her trips to British capital with the London-based newspaper, Donatella also shared her favourite places to hang out.

“I obviously love to go shopping and to visit the many London art galleries. I love the new Annabel’s in Mayfair – I even did a shoot there when it was not open yet,” the 62-year-old said of the private club. “And it goes without saying that I do not miss the chance to catch up with my girls if they are in town: Naomi (Campbell), Gigi (Hadid).”

Donatella also reflected on the city’s recent London Fashion Week and explained that she was most impressed by Scottish designer Christopher Kane. The two designers worked together on Versace sister line Versus, from 2009 until 2012, and she’s previously compared him to Gianni.

“He has a great talent that he continues to show in each and every collection,” she smiled. “I am very proud of him – he has come a long way.”

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Claudia Schiffer: ‘It takes time to become an icon’

Claudia Schiffer has opened up about the difference between becoming a celebrity and an icon.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in ca…

Claudia Schiffer has opened up about the difference between becoming a celebrity and an icon.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for Chanel, Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors and Prada.

Claudia continues to be one of the most recognisable names in the business, and is certain there is more to achieving icon status than simply being in the public eye.

“When defining the word icon, the test of time is key. You can’t be iconic in the moment,” she wrote in an article for CNN Style. “It is also a very different concept to fame and celebrity, which can be short-lived. Time allows you to look back and recognise the lasting impact of an image, a person or a movement.”

Claudia went on to share that she was very insecure in herself when she first started modelling. But by embracing a character, she was able to adopt a confident persona on photoshoots.

“Until my first magazine cover shoot, I thought at any moment someone would tell me it was all over. But I think by proving to myself that I could succeed in something that didn’t marry with my instinctive nature, I developed a much deeper resilience and sense of self-belief,” the 47-year-old shared.

Claudia noted that she viewed designer Gianni Versace, who was tragically murdered in 1997, as an icon due to his original designs and catwalk spectacles. While not every show is iconic, the blonde beauty admitted that she was especially proud to be involved in Donatella Versace’s spring/summer 2018 show held during Milan Fashion Week last September (17), where she reunited with Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni for the final walk in honour of Gianni.

“It was a powerful experience that evoked an outpouring of emotion. In this case, I will make an exception; the moment itself was iconic,” she added.

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Donatella Versace’s dog stars in campaign for capsule collection

Donatella Versace’s dog is the star of her latest Versace campaign.The Italian designer, who helms the fashion brand founded by her late brother Gianni Versace, usually taps fresh-faced models such as Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid for her marketing imager…

Donatella Versace’s dog is the star of her latest Versace campaign.

The Italian designer, who helms the fashion brand founded by her late brother Gianni Versace, usually taps fresh-faced models such as Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid for her marketing imagery.

But to promote her capsule collection for the 2018 Lunar New Year, the year of the dog, she has opted to place her beloved pup Audrey, a Jack Russell Terrier, front and centre.

“The Audrey Capsule features the one and only Audrey Versace. She’s feisty, she’s fierce, she’s Donatella’s stylish four-legged companion – the perfect protagonist to celebrate the 2018 Lunar New Year,” a brand representative explained of the campaign. “Versace celebrates the year of the dog with special edition leather accessories featuring hand-stitched patches for him and the Audrey Edition DV One degrade bags for her.”

One photo sees Audrey superimposed next to a sketch of Shanghai’s skyline, while other images by Brazil-based illustrator Rafael Mantesso depict the cute canine exiting a plane with a backpack, at an immigration desk, at a hotel, and with a bright red purse.

The collection features red and black T-shirts with an image of Audrey alongside the brand’s logo, signature Medusa emblem and studded Baroque accents. There is also a number of accessories, including a limited-edition DV One evening bag made from red and fuchsia leather with detachable gold chain shoulder strap, a wallet, a black leather pouch and a leather backpack with hand-stitched patches and charm that recalls traditional Chinese knots. Though the highlight of the range has to be the red leather Audrey Edition DV One bag which is adorned with a peony flower leather charm, with the bloom a symbol of prosperity and honour in Chinese culture.

Items are priced from $550 to $3,450 (£395 -£2,480) and are now available to purchase from Versace’s website.

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Cindy Crawford honours Gianni Versace with InStyle photoshoot

Cindy Crawford stands triumphantly on a mountain of men for a special InStyle cover that pays tribute to Gianni Versace.The front page, which is only for those who subscribe to the American magazine, carries the tagline “Cindy Crawford’s Versace Moment…

Cindy Crawford stands triumphantly on a mountain of men for a special InStyle cover that pays tribute to Gianni Versace.

The front page, which is only for those who subscribe to the American magazine, carries the tagline “Cindy Crawford’s Versace Moment”. It shows the 51-year-old supermodel wowing in a gold Versace gown, from label head Donatella Versace’s spring collection, which was inspired by her late brother, who was tragically murdered in 1997.

Cindy, along with Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer, walked on the catwalk together when the line was unveiled in September (17).

Editors at InStyle shared the image on the publication’s official Instagram page on Wednesday (31Jan18).

“You better work!” the caption reads. “Here to remind us what makes a supermodel most, our second special March subscriber cover star @cindycrawford lives out the fantasy of Donatella Versace’s spring collection, a tribute to her late brother, Gianni.”

In the accompanying interview, Cindy told InStyle’s fashion news director Eric Wilson that the Italian label remains iconic in her eyes.

“Versace celebrated powerful women but also beautiful and sexy women who are unapologetic about not being a victim. Gianni loved women and wanted them to feel beautiful in the clothes,” she said. “Donatella Versace has carried on the original brand, but she brings a female perspective as well.”

The issue comes weeks after Ryan Murphy’s new TV series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premiered in the U.S., which the Versace family distanced themselves from.

As well as talking to InStyle, Donatella is also the latest star of Vogue’s 73 questions feature, which was filmed in Gianni’s lavish Milan apartment.

Asked what her brother would think of her work as the artistic director of their brand, she smiled, “Not good enough”.

She also said his life served as an inspiration to her, and that her favourite memory of him was them being backstage together at the last Paris show before his death.

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Edgar Ramirez ate more and worked out less to play Gianni Versace

Edgar Ramirez had fun piling on the pounds to play Gianni Versace but is now struggling to shift the extra weight.The Venezuelan actor portrays the murdered designer in Ryan Murphy’s second American Crime Story series, with Penelope Cruz playing his si…

Edgar Ramirez had fun piling on the pounds to play Gianni Versace but is now struggling to shift the extra weight.

The Venezuelan actor portrays the murdered designer in Ryan Murphy’s second American Crime Story series, with Penelope Cruz playing his sister Donatella Versace, Ricky Martin starring as his lover Antonio D’Amico and Darren Criss taking on the part of killer Andrew Cunanan.

For the role, handsome Edgar had to emulate Gianni’s “typical southern Italian, robust body,” which meant eating more and working out less.

“Boxing basically sculpts your arms and your shoulders in a very natural way, so I needed to let the muscle mass go to convey the body that Gianni had,” he explained to American Vogue of quitting his usual fitness regime of boxing, Pilates, and CrossFit. “I had to put on some weight to fit his measurements. That was the fun part. The hard part is to lose it, so I’m still in the process.”

As well as his body transformation, the Gold actor had to undergo prosthetics to help change his physical appearance. He also swapped his dark hair for Gianni’s receding grey locks.

“It is a bald cap, and then I had four amazing wigs, depending on the time period that we were shooting,” he said, adding that he also had his forehead and hairline reshaped, which left him feeling “like a Conehead”.

“Impersonation is flat; it’s not alive. In the end, (the goal) is to capture what his essence might have been.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premiered on U.S. TV earlier this month (Jan18).

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