Donatella Versace, now at the helm of the Versace Empire, never aspired to be a fashion designer, but was handed this role after her brother, Gianni’s death fifteen years ago. Since then she has become a successful businesswoman who has helped to carry the fashion powerhouse through tough economic times including the 2008 recession. Last year was a huge success for Versace, generating $420 million in revenue. Donatella launched an haute couture collection and collaborated with H&M to create a lower-priced line that sold out in half hour in some stores.
This year’s Versace couture show was historic on many levels, completing the passing of the torch and highlighting the titan that Donatella has become. Celebrities such as Christina Hendricks, Elizabeth Banks, M.I.A. and Jessica Alba attended the show which included 100 guests at a seated dinner. Read more about the show in the Wall Street Journal Magazine- http://on.wsj.com/Oka9jW