By  on November 6, 2017

Donatella Versace still marvels at the world’s reaction to her spring show — literally the world, as social media went into global overdrive after the designer presented her tribute collection to her late brother Gianni, closed by five of his favorite models who helped crystallize his groundbreaking aesthetic.

“Such a positive response was so unexpected. I was very anxious and scared ahead of the show, because to pay tribute to Gianni is difficult, for what he represented, for what he did in fashion, for all the barriers he broke down,” says Versace, her tiny frame clad in an all-black sweater, body-hugging pants and platform boots combo. As she easily and brightly engages in a conversation that spans from the merits of sustainability to the elusiveness of Millennials — and those recurring rumors about young designers coming on board the brand — the blonde designer adds an edgy and modern touch to the stately and impressive surroundings of the company’s Via Gesù headquarters, the storied palazzo brimming with antique furniture and art.

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