Donatella Versace

A creator of sexy elegance for the red carpet

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    BY: Claire Connors

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

The talented Italian designer and Creative Director of Versace, who just turned 62, has been the darling of celebrities and their stylists for her high-glam, high-impact gowns for almost 20 years. Just three years after the death of her beloved brother, designer Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace’s fledgling career exploded when she dressed Jennifer Lopez in that jungle green dress for the 2000 Grammys. A designer was born.

Donatella has been the darling of the award shows ever since, explaining, “The red carpet is the absolute best way to publicize my couture.” She was at the top of her game two weeks ago for the fashion world’s biggest night, the Met Gala. With the Commes des Garcons theme, Donatella dressed twelve celebrities exquisitely in eye-popping elegance. The showstoppers were Blake Lively in a gold chain dress with a dramatic blue feather train and Kylie Jenner in a stunning, sheer beaded gown with crystal fringes swinging from her arms. But perhaps the most surprising attendee was Celine Dion, a long-time collaborator of Donatella’s on her concert costumes, who made her Met Ball debut in a Versace crystal bodysuit with an edgy, black train.

If, when you think of Donatella Versace, you conjure up the vintage SNL sketches of Maya Rudolph in a blonde wig screeching, “Get Out” at her half-naked fan boys, it’s time to reset the clock. This month, season three of American Crime Story started shooting in Miami Beach, telling the tragic story of the 1997 murder of Donatella’s brother, starring Edgar Ramirez as Gianni and Spanish actress Penelope Cruz playing Donatella. It’s scheduled to air in 2018.

 

Jennifer Lopez, 2000 Grammy's.
Jennifer Lopez, 2000 Grammy’s.

 

Blake Lively, 2017 Met Gala.
Blake Lively, 2017 Met Gala.

 

 Kylie Jenner, 2017 Met Gala.
Kylie Jenner, 2017 Met Gala.

 

Celine Dion, 2017 Met Gala.
Celine Dion, 2017 Met Gala.