• Tue, Apr 30 2013

Donatella Versace Proclaims “I’m Not Like This Genetically,” World Reels From Fallout

Donatella Versace speaks during the second day of the 2012 International Herald Tribune's Luxury Business Conference held at Rome Cavalieri on November 15, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The 12th annual IHT Luxury conference is the premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries have gathered in Rome to hear from the world's most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Not like this genetically.

Large congregations of fashion industry types can often result in moments of pure, elevated, frequently delightful obliviousness. Unfortunately, this weekend’s British Vogue Festival seemed like a pretty staid affair–Victoria Beckham‘s soundbite about her naked design process was as scintillating as things got.

Then along came Donatella Versace, who can always be counted on for a good quote or absurd story (whether it’s insisting feminism is dead while adding she’s a feminist or banning non-models from modeling her H&M collaboration). Apparently Versace “can’t remember” the last time she wore flat shoes and watches TV at home in “PVC trousers.” She says:

“My style is not that big, I wear heels, tight pants and I wear diamonds,” she said, moving on to elaborate on her exercise and beauty regime. “I stopped working with a personal trainer as he wouldn’t let me smoke. I’m not like this genetically, I use tonnes of cream and take care of my hair and skin.”

We already knew Donatella loved her towering shoes–she famously refused to wear flats to rehab (ie: giving up cocaine was easier than giving up high heels). But that she doesn’t look like herself genetically? We feel completely lied to.

(Vogue UK)

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