It’s Been 20 Years with Donatella Versace

Credit Federico Ciamei

Credit Federico Ciamei

I find it hard to believe that 20 years ago this July, fashion designer Gianni Versace was killed outside his home in Miami Beach, Florida. I remember it as if it were yesterday: 20 years he has been gone, and 20 years that his sister, Donatella Versace, has been at the helm, continuing his legacy. And since she has been designing the main line since 1997, and next year she will have been creative director longer than her brother, it is safe to say that the Versace name is now Donatella’s. The recent June spring/summer 2018 men’s wear show was a celebration of the brand Versace. The setting was the headquarters of Versace’s multimillion dollar fashion empire, Palazzo Versace, on Via Gesu in Milan: a sunny courtyard – with no special set, no lights, no runway – just an assembly of green wrought-iron tables and chairs – homey and intimate … and Versace.

Two days before the label’s show, The New York Times interviewed Donatella Versace. Says Donatella, who recently turned 62: “For me it’s 20 years more since my brother passed away. And it’s sad. it’s very sad. That’s why I came back home. This is my place, this is where everything started. Everything started here. We had dinner parties, where we would have the biggest dramas and fights, and the biggest love. And we were like this working together, two different people. Gianni and I — we were totally different people. But everything started here.” She sighs, and smiles. ‘It’s a Versace celebration.'”

 

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