She conquered the fashion industry one skintight dress at a time and practically made a trademark out of her platinum hair and tanned skin. Now with the Versace for H&M collection about to hit stores in a matter of weeks, she's also the lady of the hour. Of course, we're talking about Donatella Versace. (Is there any other?)
To get everyone prepped for that collection to hit stores (yes, we mean Versace for H&M) there's been an onslaught of profiles featuring none other than Ms. Donatella, most notably in Newsweek and Style.com's new print mag, Style.com/Print and here are the best tidbits to emerge so far.
She was addicted to coke:
As things got worse [business-wise], Donatella turned increasingly to cocaine, which made her manic and irrational. The turning point came in 2004, when a party thrown for the 18th birthday of her daughter Allegra became an intervention for Donatella, who flew to rehab that night with minimal fuss.
But the drug wasn't the only thing she had a tough time giving up:
“The only thing she complained about,” [Franca] Sozzani says [of Donatella going to rehab], “was not being able to wear high heels. She said, ‘I can give up anything, but not my high heels.’ She’s totally ironic and self-aware.”
She's not a fan of Roberto Cavalli:
She’s not so kind about Cavalli, the Italian designer who’s become a favorite among the Euro set, largely by combing the Versace archive for endless inspiration. “I think that to do a collection—how do you say—as an homage to Versace, this is fine. But when you do a lot of collections as an homage to Versace—why? What’s the point?”
She's not jaded:
"She seemed genuinely overwhelmed that Lady Gaga had worn her archive pieces," says James Long of Donatella. "Having worked with all those icons like Madonna, she must have seen it all, but she's not over it all."
She doesn't think fashion is art:
"It's not intellectual; it's not art or science--it's about giving people pleasure, making them feel gorgeous. That is what people react to."