Donatella Versace is staying positive during the government-enforced coronavirus lockdown in her native Italy.
The 64-year-old Versace boss has been taking part in at-home Pilates sessions, watching Netflix, and working on a new collection since being confined to her home in Milan back in February.
And Donatella told Vogue Australia that being on her own during the lockdown has made her realise “the importance of human contact”.
“This social distancing has made us realise how many things we took for granted every day,” she shared. “I am not talking about crazy things, but about our freedom, the possibility of going out of your home, to see our children and family, to be able to go to work.
“We have all taken these things for granted because in 2020 we could have never thought of something so extraordinary that would take them away from us. And now we are realising how fundamentally important they are.”
The fashion icon has also been overwhelmed with the sense of community that residents in her native country have shown during the unprecedented nationwide lockdown.
“If there is a silver lining to be found in this whole situation, it is that it brought out a kindness in people that I had not seen in a long time,” Donatella shared. “To me this is amazing and I hope that it won’t go away when, finally, this battle will be won.”
And while she’s enjoying time alone and creating a daily routine that revolves around designing and working out during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s one thing that she refuses to embrace during the lockdown.
“I do not go around in tracksuits,” she said of her stay-at-home wardrobe. “I love a loose, soft sweater, maybe leggings… I still keep my beauty rituals because taking care of oneself is a way of maintaining a sense of normality around you.”
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