Celebrate Donatella Versace’s Birthday with Her Best Quotes

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With her signature platinum-blonde hair and dark eyeliner, Italian fashion designer and current president of the Versace fashion group Donatella Versace has been in the public eye since she took over the fashion empire in 1997 after the tragic passing of her brother, the late Gianni Versace.

Born in Italy to a mother who was a dressmaker, Donatella grew up around fashion. Her sense of style has evolved to be best known for its rock ‘n’ roll spirit, while her close-knit group of celebrity fans and friends has grown to include Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna.

So what makes this entrepreneur and creative mind tick? In honor of her 61st birthday today, Savoir Flair counts down ten of the designer’s best quotes about the biggest fashion mistakes one could make, why it’s better to be fashion forward than boring, and more.

1

"Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas."

2

"I think glamour all the time. I wake up in the morning and I'm already thinking glamour."

3

"Fashion is all about happiness. It's fun. It's important. But it's not medicine."

4

"The three biggest fashion mistakes are cheap suits, shoes, and shirts. Spend your money on something good."

5

"Lady Gaga is the present and the future. She is the most revolutionary and inspirational artist. She is fearless and daring."

6

"You can't pretend that everybody likes Versace. It would be boring. It's better to create a reaction than to create no reaction. That's dangerous."

7

"I don't even know what my natural color is. Natural? What is natural? What is that? I do not believe in totally natural for women. For me, natural has something to do with vegetables."

8

"My muse changes all the time, because I think every designer is a bit of a muse for themselves in a way – they just don't want to say it."

9

"I was a fashion addict by the time I was 11 years old. I'd wear a mini skirt and patent-leather boots."

10

"You can be too boring, but you can never be too seductive."

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