Donatella Versace

A creator of sexy elegance for the red carpet

BY: Claire Connors

The talented Italian designer and Creative Director of Versace, 63, has been the darling of celebrities and their stylists for her high-glam, high-impact gowns for more than 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’s always at the top of her game at the fashion world’s biggest night, the Met Gala. 2017 honored Commes des Garcons, with Donatella dressing 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.

At this year’s Gala, the theme was” Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” a perfect subject for the Italian designer. She dressed Katy Perry in huge angel’s wings, Kim Kardashian and Gisele Bundchen donned shimmery column dresses, and Blake Lively, again wore Versace, appearing as a 18th Century Queen, complete with a thorny crown.

Clearly, 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.

 

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.