Donatella Versace’s touching tribute to her brother Gianni
Tracy Margolies: Donatella, I love that you chose to pay homage to your brother through this Tribute collection. Versace is a household name and the iconic prints are an integral part of the brand’s history — a true testament to Gianni’s legacy.
Donatella Versace, designer and sister of the late Gianni Versace.Donatella Versace
Donatella Versace: Celebrating the work of my brother was not an easy task. One, for sure, that could not be done with one single collection. He did too many things and he meant so much for the fashion world, both culturally and aesthetically. When I went back to the archive and looked at all the collections we did together, I was so surprised to see how vivid were the colors of those prints — even after all these years — and how relevant what he did still was!
TM: Taking classic prints and combining them with reinterpretations of the original silhouettes was a very modern approach.
DV: The girls loved the shapes and the way the clothes made them feel glamorous, empowered, strong … and they all wanted to keep the leggings and the miniskirts!
TM: By reinventing the archive pieces, Versace is giving our younger customers access to pieces that are unlike anything they’ve seen before.
DV: I think the millennials want to know my brother’s story. Through social media they send me questions; from their Pinterest, you can see that they researched what we did when he was alive — all the images we created with [Richard] Avedon.
TM: The brand’s connection to music, popular culture and the top models of today makes them incredibly appealing to the younger customer.
DV: When I worked on the collection, I was listening to Migos, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga … but also upcoming artists. I like to listen to all kinds of music. Now I have my head on the punk-rock London scene.
Tracy Margolies, Saks Fifth Avenue’s chief merchant.Saks Fifth Avenue
TM: When you think about the house of Versace, you think of its cool, glamorous edge. We saw Vogue covers and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe series throughout the collection, reiterating Versace’s constant pulse on culture throughout the years.
DV: Culturally, there’s so much about Versace that makes it relevant today because, in a way, the millennials also need to stand up and break the rules — different ones, but still rules — of a society they do not like.
TM: The supermodel finale was truly the moment at Milan fashion week last fall.
DV: Ending the show with the supermodels in metal mesh dresses was literally like going back in time. For Gianni and for me, it is very important to know that whoever is wearing a certain dress feels beautiful, feels like that dress was created for her. Even more so when you are talking about the likes of Cindy, Naomi, Claudia, Helena and Carla.
TM: Gianni made the term “supermodel” come to life by being one of the first designers to use these incredible women in his runway shows and campaigns.
DV: There were obviously a lot of emotions at play because they all loved Gianni, but it was a very sweet feeling. We are friends, real friends, and we were all so happy to be reunited after so long.
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