VERSACE AT OXFORD: “I’d like to dress the Queen. She can handle anything. Maybe in black with a little leather, a little rock ’n’ roll,” said a cheeky Donatella Versace, who spoke at the Oxford Student Union on Wednesday evening. Versace, who was in conversation with journalist Tim Blanks, also revealed how her son Daniel is in a band, and how he doesn’t let her attend gigs because he prefers to maintain his privacy. “I want to wear a wig and sneak in,” she said.

In addition to the Oxford University students, the audience included Erdem Moralioglu, Christopher Kane and Rupert Everett. Versace also let loose some anecdotes, one of them about fellow jewelry nut Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor admired Versace’s ring once, and asked if she could try it. Versace obliged, but never managed to get the ring back. Instead, she received a thank you from Taylor: “Hey darling, the ring is so beautiful. Thank you so much!” She also talked about her love of fashion. “Fashion is my life: To give people pleasure and strength. You can get a lot of personal strength from fashion,” she said. The designer was in London earlier this week for British Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards, where she won in the Fashion Designer category.

This story first appeared in the June 1, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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