After Versace was murdered, the first person to call me was Mandela.

— Naomi Campbell

Blissful Versace quotations

I don't like balance. Balance is not a word you can use in Versace fashion.

I know who the Versace woman is, because I wear the clothes myself.

When I worked with Gianni Versace at the end of his life, I was the person with whom he would confide and say anything. If there was something I didn't like, I would be honest and say, "No, no, no! Do something different."

Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! Versace! We love Versace.

Versace is the greatest designer of all time!

Many young people don't know what Versace represent.

I want to show what makes Versace an iconic brand.

My obsession when I was kid, from '85 into the '90s, was Gianni Versace.

It was Helmut Lang. It was Margiela. So I said, "I cannot have Givenchy only as a luxury house; I'm going to introduce products for everybody, things that are reachable."

Versace has always been a brand that I've loved, a brand that has supported me.

I've been wearing Versace for so long, I come in here and I have friends here, and they really support what it is that I do. Our partnership has been great.

You can't pretend that everybody likes Versace.

It would be boring. It's better to create a reaction than to create no reaction. That's dangerous.

I'm always fighting either to have a house work with us or to head a house.

It's a lifestyle I can totally see: the future, modern Versailles, modern Versace, modern Calabasas, paparazzi, celebrity language. I just want to build a collection that's around me and my wife and my kids.

I always drew dresses. I remember loving Richard Avedon's early Versace campaigns. I used to plaster my whole walls with them when I was a kid.

How enlightened is wearing God like some do Versace?

My goal in a couple of years is to try to build a successful fashion house like Armani or Versace. I want that more than anything.

If I am in fashion, it is really due to very few designers that I admire - not because I don't like the rest, or that the rest are not beautiful, but because I am very selective. I adore Versace. I adore Helmut Lang, despite the fact that it's over.

Most little children's obsessions are robots and Barbie dolls.

My obsession as a kid was the Versace house. I used to save up my pocket money to buy Versus shirts. I was that obsessed!

And somewhere in heaven, Versace sheds a single, perfect tear.

I just remember Stella Tenant and me dancing in Donatella Versace's bathtub until like four in the morning. It was one of those 'pinch me' moments.

Honest to god, Clare, you act like the dress is more important than you being shot!” Of course it is! It’s a Versace, you idiot! Bring help! I’m going to save this dress at all costs.” - Sam to Clare

I love Dolce & Gabbana. I love Versace. I love the crazy, more eccentric stuff.

For so long Versace couture was identified with celebrities and music, which I love. But at the same time it could overwhelm the clothes.

For me, aesthetically, Donatella Versace represent what the Italian woman is.

There is always the American rock thing, the aristocratic, above-the-rest British manner, but Italy is at the heart of it.

I think that's what you and I have in common, Donatella Versace, that careful balance. It makes me proud to be an Italian. In the end, I am proud to do what I do.

What I very much admire about the Versace maison, and what I am still trying to learn to do myself as I am still young, is that from day one until today, Versace is the peak of sexy but never crosses that red line into the vulgar.

Before we ever finished shooting, there were things going on.

For instance we always had different fingers exposed in our gloves, and always latex and black. And that Versace collection that hit the runway in the spring, we went, "Oh my gosh!" and then they came out and said it was "Tron" inspired. I love it! To me, there are no insults in that whatsoever. I love that other people are inspired by the movie.

I have to have the sensibility to keep Versace company in good shape because there are so many people working for it, and we need to have the company grow and also be relevant. So I work very hard for all that to happen, and I wish people would know me for that and be satisfied.

Versace was and still is about the sophisticated woman who is elegant, not afraid of her own sensuality, and not afraid to dare or take risks in life.

I love really kitschy bad movies. Showgirls is one of my favorites. I saw House of Versace and died. I'm a big fan of made-for-TV movies because those are instant classics, naturally.

I am totally, completely, 100% in love with fashion.

I would wear Chanel gowns to the grocery store if I could. I'm a huge fan of Chanel and Versace, and I actually have always dreamed of designing my own line one day.

Versace pythons. Louis Aviators. Balenciagas & they gotta be the gladiators.

I would never rep Versace. I can't stand her. I think she makes disgusting clothes. Calvin [Klein] is like, snore! Who wears Calvin Klein? I'm not dissing him. I think he's built an amazing, respectable business, but I would never want to work for Calvin Klein, ever.