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Donatella Versace: Versus was hard to let go of

Donatella Versace: Versus was hard to let go of

Donatella Versace thinks nailing fashion is down to listening to the "language".

The 60-year-old designer's brother Gianni founded the famous label in 1978, and after his untimely death in 1997 she stepped into the role of creative director while their older brother Santo became CEO.

Gianni gave Donatella his line Versus as a gift in the late 80s and although it closed in 2005, the fashionista resurrected it four years later. Anthony Vaccarello now helms the label, following on from Christopher Kane and J.W. Anderson. The decision to let other designers take charge wasn't a choice Donatella made lightly.

“Yes [it was hard to give Versus up]. But I understand it is the right moment to give it up. I’m not 25, and going out every night," she explained to British newspaper The Guardian. "You need to be able to see what is going on, to listen to their language and to go where they are. I cannot do that, even though I would love to. If I do, it’s not going to be radical. Anthony can do that. His sensibility is similar to the DNA of Versace, but he has a fresh eye.”

The latest Versus collection is inspired by 90s Britpop, with musicians such as Suede frontman Brett Anderson considered muses. Donatella is a big fan of London and its style, so much so that Versus will be unveiling its Spring/Summer 16 range in the British capital during Fashion Week in September.

Speaking about aspects of the city that appeal to her, Donatella explained that it's all to do with the way of life.

"I find London very exciting: it’s full of subcultures talking together and I love that. It wasn’t like that for a while, but now I feel a lot of energy," she smiled. “I don’t know whether it’s because of the royal family reinterpreting themselves with Prince William. I think that has an influence, I don’t know. When you see Prince Harry, he is one of us.”

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