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LOS ANGELES With a hairstylist on guard with a brush and a makeup artist standing sentinel with a powder puff, fashion diva Donatella Versace thrusts her left hip toward the camera. "My best side," she says in a smoky voice, aaa replica designer handbags hooking her thumbs on the waistband of a pair of pants just a shade more tangerine than her tan.
Posing in front of a bougainvillea bush outside her bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the designer is commanding every click of this photo shoot. "Standing, no sitting," she says, grabbing at an invisible roll at her tummy.
An admitted control freak, Versace has been at the helm of an Italian fashion house with annual sales close to $500 million since her older brother Gianni was murdered in Miami five years ago this July. Now, she seems finally to have emerged from his shadow. Riding high on a series of hit collections, dressing Jennifer Lopez for the recent Academy Awards and playing Pygmalion to Chelsea Clinton, she's turning her attention to expanding the Versace brand. Still, she doesn't pretend to be her brother.
"There is no comparison. Gianni was a genius. I'm... a sister," she says replica louis vuitton bags sweetly, two days before she is to present her fall collection. "Whatever I learned, I learned from him."
Gianni may have coined Versace's over the top, glitzy sex goddess look in the 1980s and 1990s, but it is Donatella who has brought it down to earth for the 21st century.
In contrast to the excesses of her brother's era chain mail gowns and gilded Byzantine images of Madonna and child on clothes Donatella's style is more restrained, less sex object and more self confident.
Not that she hasn't pulled a red carpet trick or two. The navel gazing green palm leaf print dress Lopez wore to the Grammys in 2000 was all Donatella.
But in her new fall collection, inspired by 1960s psychedelia, the designer tempered the cleavage and slits with refined coats and low slung trousers for the cash flush. (Versace's 10 lines range from haute couture to the lower priced Versace Jeans. Pieces from the ready to wear collection, which range in price from $400 for a swimsuit cover up to $13,000 for a gown, are sold at the Beverly Hills Versace boutique and Neiman Marcus.)
"Gianni worked in another time," she says inside her bungalow, the flame of a tuberose candle sputtering quietly on the table in front of her. high quality replica handbags china "He made people's careers with dresses with safety pins down the side. Today, we want to be less impressive when we walk around. We don't need to reveal our bodies with safety pins."
Her brother is always present. She keeps a photo of him by her bed when she travels, takes lunch in his art filled office at the company's Milan headquarters and thinks of him the minute the lights go up after every runway show.
"I think, 'Do you like this, yes or no?' " she says, taking a sip of water from a straw so as fake designer bags not to smudge the pale pink lacquer on her lips. "I think he was upset for a few things we did, but with Gianni and me it was always like that. There were always confrontations. People say I was his muse, but I was really his disturber. I was the only one who would tell him the truth."
If there is one thing Versace can't stand, it's yes men. She insists that her high quality replica handbags china 15 person design team is full of people who aren't afraid to disagree with the boss. "I don't want them to have my philosophy," she says, pushing a strand of arrow straight, miraculously blond hair behind her shoulder. "I tell high quality designer replica handbags wholesale them, 'I'm hiring you because you like Yohji Yamamoto.' He's an artist, but I'm not there."
She oversees all of the collections including the lower priced Versus, where she got her start in 1993 designing under her brother's tutelage.
cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk Fashion was different then, she says. "Used to be, the theme of a collection was a trip to India or Morocco, but now the inspiration is the real world, the cities, the people, the attitudes, the streets."
Sitting forward on a plush sofa, the designer is dripping with jewels. On her right hand she wears a 1940s gold cuff with a tourmaline the size of a half dollar and a ring with a yellow sapphire, both gifts from Gianni. On replica designer handbags her left hand Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags is a knuckle cracking diamond, a gift for Donatella from Donatella.
Versace, whose birthdate is the subject of some controversy (variously listed as 1955, 1958 and 1959), is an inveterate traveler. The house in Milan is for work and family. The renaissance Villa Fontanelle on the shores of Lake Como, outside of Milan, is for relaxing and partying.
"I like the way they put fashion together," she says, lighting a Marlboro with a canary yellow rhinestone studded lighter cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk with the company's Medusa emblem. "I mean, they are not scientists, but it takes passion. New York people think about how to be chic and safe. Here they dare, and that I like."
Everywhere she goes, her bodyguards aren't far behind. Where antique art influenced Gianni, she is constantly seeking out cutting edge artists and musicians for ideas or to sit in the front row at her shows.
She doesn't wear clothes by other designers except for Azzedine Alaia, who is known for draping the body in second skin, stretch jersey. "The best fabric in the world," she says.
There are also lots of social calls to famous friends Kate Capshaw, Rita Wilson and Melanie Griffith, who is host high quality designer replica handbags of a benefit where Versace is presenting her runway show.
Running with the jet set takes discipline. To keep herself up as the quintessential tanned, taut and blond Versace queen, she works out five days a week on a StairMaster and lifts free weights. She doesn't diet but places a premium on the presentation of her food. "Even if it's just an apple, I like it to be presented a certain way on the plate," she says.
Of course there are replica louis vuitton late nights, which "I regret in the morning," says Versace who, like her brother, is famous for entertaining the rich and thin.
Not just a diva, she's also a mom. You won't find her slaving away over Shake 'n Bake in the kitchen, but when she's in Milan, she leaves work in time to have dinner with her kids, Allegra, 15, and Daniel, 11. (Versace was married to the American born Paul Beck, a former model who oversaw the company's ad campaigns.)
"Daniel wants to be a rock star not a musician, a rock star," she says grinning with pride.
Allegra, who has been known to steal mommy's Manolos, is a budding actress who plans to attend a theater program in New York City this summer.
Although she would never force her children into the family business, they never miss a runway show." After the show is over, I'm terrified not of the press, of them that they'll say, 'Mommy, you look so old!' "
Runway shows with stellar front rows are Versace's forte. (At her last couture show in Paris, Gwyneth Paltrow was wedged between Chelsea Clinton and Madonna.) But the fashion business hinges on more than a celebrity following.
In a climate where luxury conglomerates Gucci Group and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton make a large portion of their profits from accessories, Versace isn't the house one looks to for the season's hot bag or shoe.