Here’s what the Versace icon had to say…
On her views on Donald Trump: “It’s scary, it cannot go on like this. And I know for that, in my position in fashion, we can still have a conversation about politics. It’s so horrible. This is like going back to the past, looking back in history. We live in a very scary moment for our freedom, for the freedom of everybody. So, this is a moment to talk about it and say, ‘Guys, listen’: don’t be seduced by what you think is a strong man. That’s not a strong man; that’s a weak man using those words to put fear in you.”
On Lady Gaga and the song “Donatella”: “I adore her. The song arrived quite a while after we first knew each other. Gaga is a very emotional person, she’s very insecure, which I like about her. Every true artist is insecure. We’ve become good friends and we talk so much. I’m so happy about the movie. A Star Is Born. I went to the premiere with her and she was crying. I said, ‘Enough of this crying. Smile, you’ve made it.’ I hope she wins an Oscar.”
On growing up amongst the gay community: “Yes, [I was always] around gay men. But not only gay men, but by artists, real artists: people who left a mark on history. I mean, I met Andy Warhol. I don’t think of him as just a gay person, these people are artists. I had the privilege through Gianni [Versace] and through the gay community to meet intellectual people: to become accustomed, to be educated, to learn about the culture. I was a normal classical girl who went to school and studied history, which I loved as you can see in this house, but my mind was always a clash between this and what was around pop culture and high culture and history.”
For more from Donatella, head to Attitude.co.uk.