Zitat des Tages von Donatella Versace:
In Italian there is an expression: We don't sleep on the fame.
I have worked with wool all my life as a designer. There's so much more to it than knitwear - it's an amazingly versatile material and can be used in so many different ways from chic to rustic.
I'm a designer, and I work very hard at that. People sometimes want to put down fashion by saying it's frivolous or superficial, but it's not that way at all. It's actually very hard work.
You can have small moments of happiness in life. You certainly can't expect years and years of it.
On a hanger, no dress is sexy. It's just fabric on a hanger.
Scent is very important. Strong fragrances suit some men, while citrus types suit others. I like my men to smell fresh and woody, but also like a man.
People are always surprised when they spend time with my children by how normal they are. They're polite. They're well mannered. They're very down to earth, in a way.
My mother didn't want me to be in fashion. She was in the fashion business, so was my brother, and she thought it was too crazy for me. She wanted me to be married with children, to be independent, yes, but not to have a crazy life.
I think people need to see Prince live to really understand how remarkable he is. He has always been inspiring because he is never afraid to break rules or barriers or invent something new - and if you love fashion, then you need to be able to do that.
In order to be responsible, you need some discipline in your life.
Fashion is all about happiness. It's fun. It's important. But it's not medicine.
The suit does not represent the businessman anymore. Nor does the loud shirt represent the rock star. The same man can now wear both.
I always wear high heels - I simply feel naked without them.
I love anyone who breaks the rules, and musicians always break the rules - in an aggressive way.
I don't like balance. Balance is not a word you can use in Versace fashion.
Many young people don't know what Versace represent. I want to show what makes Versace an iconic brand.
I have long been a fan and enthusiast where art is concerned.
I think men know to seduce women though words and conversation and nice gestures. That's much sexier than when a man uses muscle.
To be Catholic puts a lot of fear in you. It's a great religion, but also one that can limit your experience. You fear experience because everything is a sin.
It would be very easy for us to do a collection that everybody would like and not criticize. But criticism is a part of life. You have to take it.
I think people need to see Prince live to really understand how remarkable he is.
I'm like a little kid when it comes to music. I mean, the music is always blasting wherever I am that people always knock on my door and say, 'It's too loud!' But I think music gives so much inspiration.
I like perfume and flowers.
I don't like my physique at all.
When my mother did fittings for her clients, I was hiding, looking at these beautiful ladies try on these fantastic clothes. I was dreaming as a small child to try these clothes on myself.
As with most things in my life, I believe you should try to enjoy yourself and never feel like you are a slave to a routine.
You couldn't define the '80s when the '80s were happening. We kept changing. We had shoulder pads, then we didn't. It was revealing, and then it was decoration. It was a lot of things at once. It was defined when it was over.
In order to be responsible, you need some discipline in your life. For a while I lost mine.
If I could dress anyone, I'd like to dress the Queen - she can handle anything. I'd put her in black - she never wears black - and add a little leather, maybe. A little rock n' roll.
Some say the economy means that you have to persuade people to invest in clothes - to buy less things but more expensive things. I disagree - invest in jewelry, or a house, maybe, but not in fashion.
The body should be reconfigured by the clothes, never again the other way round.
Let's just say beauty inspires me. But I like all beauty - I think it really comes from the inside out.
In my life I had no other choice than to become a strong person.
Sometimes big designers are afraid that people won't recognize them if they change that much.
You can't pretend that everybody likes Versace. It would be boring. It's better to create a reaction than to create no reaction. That's dangerous.
Women are all the same; we want to be smaller in the waist, longer legs, slimmer. I design for women and their defects, to make them better.