Donatella Versace Portrait
The sister and muse of legendary deceased fashion designer Gianni Versace, a power force in the fashion industry, a woman with vision, Donatella Versace is a modern day style icon.
Born on May 2nd 1955, Donatella Versace is the youngest of four children in her family; she is the sister of Gianni Versace the famous Italian designer who was killed on July 15 1997 and Santo Versace who currently owns 30% of Versace stock.
Donatella was very much involved into the fashion industry. In the mid-70s she joined her brother in Florence where she planned to work for him in the public relations department. Soon her role was much more important, since she became her brother’s muse for the creation of many collections, along with being a very valuable critic for his designs. A decade later, in the 80’s, Gianni gave Donatella her very own label still known as “Versus”, an important part of the Versace line. Donatella’s ‘Versus’ fashion line, basically, marked her official entrance in the fashion world.
For years she worked by the side of her brother, but after Gianni’s death it was time for Donatella to take over the company, although she had a very small percentage (as it turned out, Gianni left 50% of his company to Donatella’s daughter, his favorite niece Allegra, who let her mother take charge since she knew better what to do with the company) and for years Donatella overlooks one collection after the other, she designs, she inspires, she creates.
However, one thing that has also made Donatella Versace very well known to the public, besides her multiple plastic surgeries is her style and fashion sense.
Style is essential to her life and work and Donatella has a very distinctive one. Her tight pants and dresses that compliment her slim figure, along with edgy, rock n’ roll outfits; have managed to put her in almost every best dressed list. The edgy glamour all her outfits possess is something no other designer has managed to accomplish. Donatella Versace is anything, but conservative with her looks. She often wears provocative pieces with long, sensual necklines that enhance her seductiveness.
There is nothing simple about her, she knows it and embraces it, maybe that’s exactly what makes Donatella this interesting and fashionable, a woman we all admire. She avoids heavy jewelry and few are the times she chooses to wear them, usually she lets her groundbreaking and provocative outfits create all the volume an outfit of hers needs.
Donatella Versace is definitely one of the most powerful and most stylish women in fashion.
Photo Credits: Vogue