Donatella Versace, 63, reveals she will NEVER stop wearing mini skirts – as she hints she ‘may not always be working’ at the family business
- Versace designer Donatella revealed she may leave eponymous fashion house
- The 63-year-old took on lead role following assassination of her brother in 1997
- Mother-of-two also revealed she has vowed to never stop wearing mini skirts
- Said: ‘You must never think your age. And you certainly mustn’t dress your age’
Donatella Versace has vowed to continue wearing mini skirts forever – and has hinted that she may leave the family business
Donatella Versace has vowed to continue wearing mini skirts forever – and has hinted that she may leave the family business.
The 63-year-old mother-of-two took on the lead role at Versace following her brother Gianni’s assassination in 1997.
She has previously spoken out about the pressure of taking over her brother’s successful business. Although her first collection following his death was a success, the brand started to deteriorate, before almost going under in 2004.
She admitted she experienced ‘tear-filled’ nights for many years as she was plagued by nightmares.
Now, in an interview with The Telegraph, she said: ‘For years I wasn’t that bothered about [the business] growing, but now I want to build something that will outlast me, like a Dior.
‘I probably shouldn’t say this but I may not always be working at Versace, although I’ll always do something. But while I’m here, I’m completely committed’.
The blonde fashion designer also gave some style tips.
‘The important thing’, she said, ‘is that while you have to keep moving things forward and refining, you must never think your age.
‘And you certainly mustn’t dress your age’.
The blonde fashion designer also gave some style tips – and vowed to never give up miniskirts
When asked if she had stopped wearing mini skirts, she replied: ‘Are you crazy? Of course I still wear them. Just not with bare legs’.
On 15 July 1997 Gianni Versace, aged 50, was gunned down on the doorstep of his lavish ocean-front Miami mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
The 27-year-old man had murdered at least four others in a three-month killing spree before turning up at the fashion designer’s home.
Cunanan was found dead in a Miami houseboat eight days later, apparently shooting himself with the same gun that killed Versace.
The 63-year-old took on the lead role at Versace following her brother Gianni’s assassination
Twenty years on, it is not known whether the murder was planned or carried out at random.
Speaking about the years that followed the murder of the famous designer, who was gunned down on his Miami mansion doorstep in 1997 aged 50, Donatella admitted she was in ‘hell’.
Revealing that she felt forced to put on a front for the fashion world as well as her staff as she took over the business, the mother-of-two described herself as wearing a ‘mask’ to hide her insecurity and fear of failure.