Versace’s Spring/Summer 2018 shows was dedicated to the house’s late founder, Gianni Versace, who was killed in Miami in 1997. Despite Mr. Versace's absence from the fashion industry for two decades now, his legacy is arguably just as strong as ever. In fact, as Vogue noted recently, “Much of what is considered de rigueur about fashion in 2017, [Mr. Versace] put his stamp on in his 1990s glory days—the splashy, expensively made ad campaigns; the star-studded front rows; indeed, the entire fashion-celebrity nexus.”
Here are some of his thoughts on the responsibilities of fashion designers, fashion in the 1990s, his inspirations and more …
On trends: Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.
On his inspirations: Fashion goes with the feeling of the moment. It's related to movies, to art, to young people's taste. Think about how much influence fashion has gotten from the film Casanova. It would be a pity not to take advantages of the publicity that movies spread around the world about a certain look. – Interview
On his personal style: When I was 43 I hated jeans. Now it’s as if I only ever wear jeans, and I always wear them in black or very dark blue. But what matters is how we are in ourselves, not the clothes we wear. – Alain Elkann Interviews
On fashion in the 1990’s: Power to the people in the United States. Otherwise, lots of very snob items at extremely high prices, like the traditional Chanel or Hermes. – Alain Elkann Interviews
On the responsibilities of fashion designers: I think it's the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers. You have to break a barrier everyday. – Charlie Rose, 1994
On sex appeal: Sexy is honesty. I think directness is sexy, saying what you think, being who you are, not being hypocritical.
On taste: I don't believe in good taste. I don't believe in bad taste. I believe in quality and in fun, in things that make our life better or happier.