Donatella Versace has no plans to step away from Versace.
The Italian fashion mogul doesn’t want to work up until her death – like fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld, who was still at the helm of Chanel and Fendi when he passed away at the age of 85 in February – but she won’t be resigning any time soon.
“At some point, you understand you need help,” Donatella told Business of Fashion. “But at the moment, I feel totally full of life.”
She also briefly discussed fellow designer Riccardo Tisci, who was reported to be taking over at Versace after his resignation from Givenchy in 2017. However, the negotiations fell through.
“I stayed where I am, and he went somewhere else,” she stated, noting that Riccardo is now the creative director of the British label, Burberry.
Elsewhere in the interview, Donatella confessed she wasn’t happy that Ryan Murphy chose her brother’s murder in 1997 as the subject of his U.S. drama series last year – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – which starred Penelope Cruz as Donatella, Edgar Ramirez as slain fashion mogul Gianni, and Darren Criss as killer Andrew Cunanan.
The 64-year-old said there were “errors” in the show but offered no specifics as to what they were.
“I know what happened,” Donatella cryptically added.
The FX programme won seven Emmys and two Golden Globes, with former Glee star Darren scooping three awards for his terrifying portrayal of the serial killer who shot Gianni dead on the steps of his mansion in Miami.
Despite her disappointment at the crime anthology series, Donatella is a big TV fan, and revealed she had recently binge-watched HBO’s Big Little Lies and Netflix’s The Society.
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