Donatella Versace is the subject of two profiles this morning in advance of her upcoming couture show and even though she’s one of the most recognizable faces in fashion, they reveal some pretty fascinating things.
While she may not do as many interviews as say, Karl Lagerfeld, she’s often just as honest and unfiltered. However, in these, from WWD and the Telegraph, she’s doesn’t actually say anything that head-scratching. Well, there was one thing about sleeping in a freezer. And did she really mean to say she “asphyxiated” her children? Read on for that, her thoughts on returning to the Paris Ritz for her couture show, selling the company and her friendship with fellow feminist Miuccia Prada.
When asked how she keeps young, she said this. We’re honestly not sure if she’s joking.
Haven’t you heard? I sleep every night in the deep freezer!
On where she’s had Botox:
only on my face, not on my body, that’s the result of hard work
On her friendship with Miuccia Prada:
[A]t some event, somewhere…I made a joke and she started to laugh and she said let’s go and get some paninis because we’re starving…and off we went. We just talk, talk, talk. She’s so inspiring. We make fun of each other and teach each other. She says, ‘I could never make sexy clothes, but I love them.’ And I say, ‘Well, I love what you do’.
On feminism and how it’s dead:
Feminism is dead in the world. It comes from another time. I’m a feminist. I want to fight, but I don’t see many people with this desire to fight for something. Women don’t help each other, especially in fashion. I know Miuccia… but that’s it. Nobody else.
On her children Daniel and Allegra, who works for the company:
“I think there was a time when I was too strict and controlling,” she admits. “I think I asphyxiated my children.”
On facing the Ritz for the first time since Gianni died:
It was a moment of my life that I had a hard time remembering, I couldn’t face the past with ease. I could not think of the last time I saw Gianni, in the lobby of the Ritz, two days before he died.
On the possibility of selling the company:
I have absolutely no intention to sell. I’m holding on to this company with my nails and we want to be independent.