Wednesday, May 7, 2008

You Won't Catch Donatella At H&M

Donatella recently put all of those rumors of her doing a diffusion line for H&M to rest. She recently told a few people at the New York Times for their Times Talk series that while she has been asked several times over to do a more affordable diffusion line, she has refused.

"I respect everyone who does it... But the reason I didn't do it is because I work very hard to put the Versace line in the luxury section. I think to put the Versace line in H&M would confuse the brand."

During her talk with New York Times she also makes mention of the fact that she wasn't always leather clad with brilliant blonde hair. When she and her brother, the Versace founder Gianni were growing up in Italy, Gianni dressed her up and took her out to clubs. "Gianni told me, 'Why don't you do some highlights?' By eleven and a half, I was a little blonde. By 14, I was blonder. By 16, I was platinum," she said. In the conversation Donatella lets her guard down to discuss the pain that she's endured in her life and also reminisces about the White House Correspondents dinner, in which she calls the sometimes annoying Bush a "very simple man."