Donatella Versace Will Receive the Fashion Icon Award

Donatella Versace Will Receive the Fashion Icon Award

The iconic designer will be awarded tonight at the 2017 Fashion Awards.

The iconic designer will be awarded tonight at the 2017 Fashion Awards.

Text: Jake Viswanath

There's no one in the fashion world that can cause a scene quite like Donatella Versace. The iconic fashion designer built upon her brother Gianni's legacy in such a fabulous way, making her own name in the process. And tonight, she's going to be recognized for her tremendous work. Versace's artistic director will receive the Fashion Icon Award at the 2017 Fashion Awards in London, in collaboration with Swarovski. The timing is significant given that December 2017 marks the 20th year since Donatella took the helm at the historic fashion house.

“I am truly honoured to be collecting the Fashion Icon Award at The Fashion Awards 2017," Donatella said. "For 40 years my brother and I have done what we love and that is a legacy I am honored to continue and uphold. We have celebrated empowerment, joy and of course glamour. We have championed a community of people who share our values and together with them have created truly iconic images in the world of fashion. I am truly humbled by how Versace has been embraced across the decades, across the world and across the generations."

“Donatella Versace is an exemplary woman and designer who has shaped the global fashion industry with her vision for Versace," British Fashion Council chairman Dame Natalie Massenet said. "She has shown incredible strength and dedication to the industry and has continued her brother’s legacy through her remarkable work. What I admire the most about her is her ability to make women look and feel powerful. I could not imagine a better recipient of this award, especially as this year marks such an important date for Versace.”

The show takes place tonight at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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