Shortly before interviewing Donatella Versace, I ask my Colored to shade my already tight credibility with a shadow. This is the effect Versace has on you before you even meet her: Some people make you stand up straight in their presence; she has a way of drawing out your inner Italian bombshell. In a world taken over by the repentant Marie Kondo-style bloodshed of our happiest cheerful clothes, she is a beacon of maximalism, an old-school fashionist with & # 39; a capital F, & # 39; a full-fledged defender of brilliance. And isn't it so refreshing? If there are so many high fashions that you would wear at a particularly progressive monastery, when we are apparently wearing outfits that look like scaffolding in a Brutalist building, you don't want to be more sexual? Flashier? Versace there?
J.Lo certainly does. For home in the spring of 2020, she once again wore her 2000 Grammys look, & # 39; a dress with & # 39; a jungle print that didn't break the internet as much as make it back, and Google urged to create its image search feature. With her colored, toned body and her confident prop J.Lo, if I may, made that dress her bitch. And the audience paid tribute to thousands of iPhones. & # 39; There was so much energy in the room, and you could feel the power of our & # 39; creating a special moment, & # 39; says Lopez. & # 39; The power of women behind it, the power of fashion behind it, the power of putting out beautiful things in the world and celebrating beautiful moments in life – that's what it was. & # 39;
Or in Versace's own summary of that moment: & # 39; I'm here. Look at me: I'm not scared, I'm not 20 years old, but I'm much better. & # 39; This is the kind of empowerment Donatella Versace stands for. Not necessarily the sheer boardroom, PowerPoint connotation of the word, but the ability to say, "Hey, world: I'm 50, I'm fantastic, and I'm here."
Versace's kingdom, I would guess, has room for entering the fashion Illuminati and the people who, like Elizabeth Berkley's character in the seminars, Showgirls, pronounce it Versayce. She's a girl with a big tent. And she has a recognized ability to track people on the road. & # 39; You have to see what they look like. I look at what they represent, ”she says, offering an example to Gigi Hadid, who has been featured in many of her shows and starred in various Versace advertising campaigns. & # 39; I met Gigi at the age of 16, and she was beautiful, of course, but she wasn't a typical model at the time. But there was something: & # 39; kindness, & # 39; s softness, the beauty inside, not just the outside. One of her first fashion shows was for me. "