The Best Runway Looks from Donatella Versace

The Best Runway Looks from Donatella Versace

To celebrate the birthday of Donatella Versace we take a look at the designer’s top fashion moments.

To celebrate the birthday of Donatella Versace we take a look at the designer’s top fashion moments.

Text: Paul Madley

The Italian fashion icon Donatella Versace celebrated her 64th birthday yesterday, and if her baroque visual references and lavish aesthetic are any indication, any celebrations were probably not subtle. Versace's maximalist approach to design and to fashion have cemented her as a legend since 1997, when Versace became the creative director of the house after the sudden passing of her elder brother, Gianni.

At the time, many questioned whether Versace could match her brother's talents and if she had what it would take to propel the brand forward. Versace has used each season to remind us that she's more than Gianni’s little sister; she’s a talented and a fierce designer in her own right. Throughout the late 90’s and early 00’s, Versace established herself as one of the most iconic fashion designers of the 21st century. She’s created her own identity while honoring the DNA of the established house. She’s a designer that champions self-confidence and through her clothes, she gives women permission to be sexy on their own terms.

Versace was also behind one of H&M’s most sought-after designer collaborations and even partnered with toy mega giants Mattel, to create two exclusive Versace Barbies.

We take a look at the standout runway moments from Donatella Versace.

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