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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Valentino parent company donating $2 million towards fight against coronavirus

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari inve…

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.

As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari investment company behind high-end fashion brands like Valentino, Balmain, and Pal Zileri, has stepped up and given funds to medical and emergency services.

In a post on the Valentino Instagram page on Monday, a spokesperson explained that one half of the donation will go towards the Intensive Care Treatment Unit (ICU) at Sacco Hospital in Milan.

“The city of Milan is one of the more affected in Italy by the Covid-19 pandemic and Sacco Hospital is one of the sanitary structures which is heavily struggling due to the number of infected patients requiring intensive care treatments,” they commented. “The new negative pressure ventilation installation, which Mayhoola will donate to the Milanese hospital, will allow medical staff to safely assist coronavirus patients.”

Negative pressure ventilation will improve the safety of vulnerable medical staff, who are at increased risk of catching the virus due to their frequent exposure, as they assist patients.

In addition, Mayhoola bosses will donate cash to Protezione Civile Italiana, Italy’s Department of Civil Protection.

“Our production plants and offices are widespread across the diverse and beautiful Italian regions: Lazio, Lombardy, Piemonte, Veneto, Tuscany, and many others… it’s absolutely remarkable how Protezione Civile Italiana is operating within the entire country and the way in which it continuously stands behind the needs of Italian citizens,” they added.

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli posted the announcement on his own Instagram page and added in the caption: “This is what our job can do, this is what we can do with our job. Working at our best, doing what we do best. Every single day. I am proud of the company I belong to. Thank you @maisonvalentino.”

While the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China back in December, Italy is now at the epicentre of the crisis. There have been over 63,000 reported cases of the disease, and more than 6,000 fatalities – the most suffered by any country in the pandemic so far.

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Chiara Ferragni raising funds to help fight coronavirus crisis in Italy

Chiara Ferragni has launched a campaign to help raise funds for those fighting the coronavirus in Italy.The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were donating $114,000 (£86,000) to the San…

Chiara Ferragni has launched a campaign to help raise funds for those fighting the coronavirus in Italy.

The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were donating $114,000 (£86,000) to the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.

In an accompanying video, the pair also urged their followers to consider giving whatever they could spare to the cause via a GoFundMe page.

“We are here because we want to give our contribution and use our combined forced to curb this emergency taking place in Italy,” the 32-year-old, while Fedez added: “We decided to create a project in collaboration with San Raffaele Hospital in Milan which aims to support intensive care in order to create new intensive care wards. As you know, intensive care is essential for these patients and with the spread of the epidemic those places are increasingly necessary.

“What we ask you is, if you have the opportunity, please donate. If you don’t have it, share this message in order to reach as many people as possible. I am appealing to all the people who work in the world of entertainment and in the web business, to anyone who can help us to raise as much money as possible to combat this emergency. We also ask to all businesspeople who may help us to expand this message.”

Chiara concluded, “Come on Italians! Together we are a force!”

Coronavirus, also named COVID-19, has infected more than 114,000 people across 115 countries, with the global death toll at more than 4,000. While the outbreak began in China in late 2019, Italy is now one of the main nations affected, with an estimated 463 people having died and over 9,000 infected. Accordingly, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has introduced serious measures in an attempt to contain the outbreak, with 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 other provinces effectively placed in quarantine.

Meanwhile, Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci has also shared his support for his home nation.

“In this tough time, I’d like to express all my solidarity and support to my beautiful country, to my family, friends and colleagues! Italy stay strong. All my love and prayers,” he wrote on his Instagram page alongside a map of the nation and flag.

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Jennifer Lopez breaks out iconic Versace dress for Saturday Night Live

Jennifer Lopez busted out her iconic green Versace dress for an appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.The superstar hit headlines around the world when she stepped out at the 2000 Grammy Awards sporting the tropical print gown, and attract…

Jennifer Lopez busted out her iconic green Versace dress for an appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

The superstar hit headlines around the world when she stepped out at the 2000 Grammy Awards sporting the tropical print gown, and attracted huge media attention again in September when she walked the runway during the Italian fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show in a reimagined version.

Jennifer reflected on wearing the outfit for the second time during her monologue while hosting the TV show on Saturday night, and told the audience: “I walked the runway at Milan for the first time wearing a dress I wore 20 years ago. Now, some people said I look better now than I did then, and I’m not bragging – that’s just, you know, gossip.”

She then launched into a performance of Santa Claus is Coming to Town with the Radio City Rockettes and at the conclusion of the song, hid behind the dancers, whipped off her tuxedo, and proceeded to walk back to the front of the stage wearing the famous Donatella Versace-designed ensemble along with matching sandals, leading to a massive cheer from the audience.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Versace’s jungle print earlier this year, Jennifer recalled in a video for Vogue.com how she had to convince her stylist at the time, Andrea Lieberman, to let her wear the dress back in 2000.

“(On the day of the Grammys) there was two or three dresses… and then when I tried on the green one and I came out, everyone was there… glam and everybody… and they were like, ‘That’s the dress! That is the dress, that is what you are wearing. Let’s go,'” she remembered. “And then Andrea, my stylist was like, ‘You can’t wear that one,’ and I was like, ‘Why did you bring it then?'”

Yet, as soon as the I’m Real hitmaker made her entrance on the red carpet, she knew she had made the right decision.

“There was a little buzz in the air, people started yelling and screaming…the 50-year-old mused.

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Jennifer Lopez closes Versace’s Milan show with new version of iconic Grammys gown

Jennifer Lopez stunned the fashion elite in Milan, Italy on Friday by closing the Versace spring/summer 2020 runway show in a dress that resembled the one that turned her into a style icon 20 years ago. Jaws dropped as the actress and singer hit the c…

Jennifer Lopez stunned the fashion elite in Milan, Italy on Friday by closing the Versace spring/summer 2020 runway show in a dress that resembled the one that turned her into a style icon 20 years ago.

Jaws dropped as the actress and singer hit the catwalk in what looked like the revealing tropical green gown that turned heads at the 2000 Grammy Awards, when her outfit became a bigger talking point than her romance with then-boyfriend Diddy.

Donatella Versace redesigned the outfit for her friend’s big entrance, which came immediately after photos of the star in the iconic creation were flashed onto giant screens above the runway.

Versace ended the slide show by stating, “Now show me the real jungle dress”, as the Hustlers star strutted her stuff.

As the fashion crowd went wild, Lopez sought out Donatella and the pair walked the runway together, smiling and laughing.

J.Lo recently recalled the impact of “that dress” on her YouTube channel, revealing the look created “an extra kinetic energy” on the red carpet.

“It just goes to show you the power of fashion and the power of those types of moments,” she said. “I know people try to make it frivolous at times, but what those things do is they give people an inspiration. It puts a beautiful moment out into the world. One dress can change the trajectory of how people dress for the next 10 years. It’s a crazy impact that fashion can have.”

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Karolina Kurkova: ‘Everyone used to think I was Brazilian!’

Karolina Kurkova has recalled how people thought she was Brazilian at the start of her career.The supermodel grew up in the Czech Republic but later travelled to Milan to garner more modelling experience, where she quickly signed a contract with Prada …

Karolina Kurkova has recalled how people thought she was Brazilian at the start of her career.

The supermodel grew up in the Czech Republic but later travelled to Milan to garner more modelling experience, where she quickly signed a contract with Prada creative director Miuccia Prada.

While Karolina is very proud of her Czech heritage, she has now shared that agents and designers believed she was a totally different nationality in the late ’90s.

“When I came into modelling, it was the Brazilian era-you know, Gisele (Bundchen). So, everybody thought I was Brazilian,” she told Into The Gloss. “When I first started, people wanted to put a label on me-like, OK, you are that look. But I didn’t really want to be labelled, because I’m not just one thing.”

Karolina went on to explain that she found tapping into different characters to be “like a therapy” when she was starting out in the fashion industry. And pushing herself out of her comfort zone on some of her edgier photoshoots proved to be particularly enlightening.

“I see it a lot, where people get insecure and they get stuck to their one look, and it’s almost like their blanket. As a model, it’s your job to be willing to try new looks. That I think is the difference between a model and a great model,” the 34-year-old commented.

In the interview, Karolina discussed her favourite make-up products too, revealing that she uses four different Lancome mascaras to achieve a “full” lash effect, and only uses cream highlighters during the day.

Though the mother-of-two is adamant that it is important to invest in a great skincare regime.

“Everything is about the effort you put in… So, I’m very disciplined with what I put on my skin. I’m all about good exfoliation, steamers. I love acupuncture, a good massage, and a good facial,” she smiled.

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