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Edited by on October 25 2012 at 9:10 AM

Fulfilling a longtime personal dream, Donatella Versace has expanded her Versace empire into NYC’s exciting Soho neighborhood at their new location at 130 Mercer.  We squeezed in as many questions as possible in a chat with her about all things Donatella.  She dishes on her latest bestie Lady Gaga, her beauty regimen, her sexy staples, and so much more.  Indulge after the jump.

15 Questions in 15 Minutes With Donatella Versace

What does sexy mean to you?

When people look at you, you are sexy. If you just look in the eyes, that’s sexy. Sexy is not only revealing or a fitting dress. It is an attitude.

How do you stay sexy?
I grew up feeling very glamorous, I don’t know anything else. For me, its natural.

Health & Fitness tip?

I do cardio, not because I like it, but I do it 5 times a week.

What is your beauty regimen?

What I do? I sleep in the freezer.

Is there ever a time that a flat shoe is more appropriate than a high heel?

What is a flat shoe?
15 Questions in 15 Minutes With Donatella Versace

What inspires you?

For me, it is cities, like when I go to London or New York. There is so much energy around.  Music inspires me a lot. I like to listen to music very loudly. I like rap and rock n roll. Now I’m starting to like pop as well. Real creativity inspires me. I think New York is full of it.

We can see that with your latest photo with Lady Gaga. What do you think of her? 

What can I say about her, she’s fabulous. She’s fearless. She dares. She has no limit. She is continuously working. She never stops. We spent an afternoon together alone in Milano, it was so easy to talk to her and she gets everything. She just gets it she is a phenomenal. You have to give it to her, she’s just phenomenal.

What advice do you have to share? 

You need to always look inside yourself and never lose yourself.

What else do you want to do?

I want to sing. I want to have a band. All this mania of rock stars to do fashion, I want to sing. I’m not joking. But I cannot sing. I smoke cigarettes all day.

What do you think about fashion and social media?

Websites are important and it is the future of fashion.  Everybody goes online to look at fashion.  I tweet. But no one knows my name so no one knows its me. I can say whatever I want.  I don’t have time to follow anyone. I just like to talk.


15 Questions in 15 Minutes With Donatella Versace

How was it to collaborate with designer Christopher Kane? 

I think he is afraid of my heels.

What do you think is exciting about fashion right now?

This type of contamination. (referring to her collaboration with Christopher Kane) This virus. To work with young, creative designers. It give a different vision of things. It is more stimulating.

What is one thing that ever woman should own?

Black patent leather high heel pumps. They change your attitude and how your feel.

Any shopping recommendations?

Buy everything.

What was the greatest Versace Moment of all time? 

The time when the supermodels started. The excess of the times. It was the most fabulous time. What’s wrong with excess? Nothing. Now when you see everyone together – Christie, Linda – it was real competition between the girls. It would create so much drama, it was amazing. I was helping.

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