>> Donatella Versace Likes Shopping at Anthropologie and Abercrombie & Fitch —Donatella Versace is currently in New York to celebrate daughter Allegra's birthday and, as she blogged, "I need[ed] a change of scenery — somewhere to get some inspiration by taking in a wholly different culture." Furthermore, she writes, "I stay in the same suite in the same hotel every time I visit, and customize it with some Versace home cushions and scented candles and lots of flowers . . . I like to indulge myself at . . . Anthropologie at 375 West Broadway, which has an eclectic, vintage feel that is very different than what we have in Milan. I will also buy my son Daniel some jeans at Abercrombie & Fitch on Fifth Avenue and visit Barneys, which I like because it is just what a Manhattan department store should be." [The Moment]
>> INSIDER WIRE —Donatella Versace converses with longtime friend Lenny Kravitz for the June/July 2009 issue of Interview, admitting that she doesn't know how to cook "anything" and asking Lenny to tell her "honestly" what he thinks about her son Daniel Beck Versace's rock band demo. She also says that she won't be dredging up the '80s:
I knew that trend was coming. I knew exactly when every designer was going to start doing it. And I couldn’t, because I was with Gianni doing the ’80s, in the ’80s. I have so many pieces in the archives that I could put right out on the runway and they’d be perfect. [laughs] In general, I think, yes, we can look back, but not that much. It’s too literal. Like shoulder pads. We belonged to that time. But for me, it doesn’t make sense today. You can play with it for one season, but it’s not going to be revolutionary. I think we should move forward, not back. To define the era we live in is very difficult . . . Fashion is struggling to define itself today. For me, I’m concentrating more on fabrics, on the technological aspect of fabrics.