How to Smell Like Donatella Versace

05/11/2007 at 03:50 PM ET

As I waited to meet Donatella Versace, in New York to promote her newest perfume, I couldn’t help but think of the only other version of the famous Italian designer I had known until now — her doppelganger on SNL, played hilariously by Maya Rudolph. But the diminutive woman who appeared in front of me was nothing like the crazed TV diva. In a quiet Italian accent, she described her experiments to create the ultimate floral bouquet. “I really like floral fragrances,” she said, “like water lilies and jasmine, mixed with something salty, like musk.” Want to become Versace’s modern woman for a day, enveloped in wisteria, lilac, and lotus flowers? Check out the complete line of perfume, body lotion, and shower gel at — Thailan Pham

Photo:John Angelillo /Landov

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faith on

i also like flowery fragrances, and i know this is off the subject, but she looks so weird to me. has donatella always looked that way, or did she just have too much plastic surgery or something?

GLO on

I bought this last week at SAKS! I LOOOOOVE IT!

Margaux on

Not to be mean but – I sure wouldn’t want to look like her and I sure as heck don’t want to smell like her either.

random.comment on

I know this comment is mean but this picture is not for little kids. I’m a grown woman and she scares me. Her skin looks like dried leather. CREEPY!

Anyway back to the fragrance, I’ve personally never tried versace anything but a good friend is obsessed. Thanks for the birthday gift idea!

S on

That woman is freaky.
Why would I want to smell like her?

ucokaty on

no thanks i’d rather not resemble her… i don’t care what type of a fashion god she is!

Heather S. on

She looks like she would smell of leather… and maybe a little swampy. Her mouth scares me–a big blonde snapping turtle!

alia on

She is so freaky looking!…and I love that skit on SNL:)…

GLO on

I bought it at SAKS last week! I LOOOOVE IT!

R on

Hmm… I dunno, I’ll probably have to try it out before I make any judgement. Thailan, by the way, how was Donatella in person?

enigma on

Oh my god, Heather S….I am rolling on the floor with laughter!!! You are wicked funny!! HEEEE-HEEE-HEEEEE!!!!

Elda on

i love anything from Versace and she does look kinda strange.

Julie on

Why do people think it’s okay to make rude comments that are clearly malicious just because it’s not to someone’s face? The internet apparently makes people feel like they can say whatever they want about whoever they want.

Honestly, I think the comments you make when no one can tell who you are and you feel “safe” really show your heart.

Kendra on

OMG!!! random.comment well put… she is digusting looking!!!!

enigma on

Hey Julie,

I understand your concern in your comment but, I think those poking fun at her are primarily doing it with a light heart not truly intending to mean, rude, or malicious. And the concerning the internet…yeah it’s the sort of place where you can say what you want, just as you did!

Geez, the comments in this blog are all fun and sometimes very serious, please no offense..but, just chill, relax, and enjoy the fun, okay.

Donatella Versace, she is a very powerful classic figure in the fashion world. She is very fashion forward, her works are bold and different, her advertisements are wonderful, artistic, and professional….she is business savvy and very talented!!

It just looks like she’s been around the block a number of times…so please let us, who see the humor in things, have our light hearted poking fun moments, no harm, okay!

Chill and Laters!

me on

Oh shut up, Julie. She CHOSE to look like this. It’s not like people are making fun of someone who is naturally ugly.

Crystal Beach girl on

Not to be mean, but she looks like a man. She either has had too much plastic or she is in need of a make over.

Yvette on

I would have bought it had I not seen her face first

Karen on

Julie, like you haven’t thought of something mean to say. Oh and for the record, I’m using my real name not my nickname like I usually do.

yvonne franceschi on

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you outthere in cyberspace!
Julie, I agree with you, about all the mean commentaries
that some make here. It’s ok if you don’t like some
celebrities, but that doesn’t mean you have to make fun
or bullying them. As for the perfume I’ll give a try, since this is one of my passions. Yvonne

k on

ohh please JULIE GET OVER YOURSELF! u personally know Donatella? or is there some other reason that you feel the need to act as the moral conscious for the bloggers on this site?????…everyone is entitled to there OWN OPINION and it is not your responsibility to judge the moral content of this site. GROW UP. GET A LIFE.

heidi on

Is her hair real or does she wear extensions? It looks real and in good condition for being bleached out. I suppose she has done too much tanning and isn’t the prettiest woman but please dont make fun of her. Be nice!!!

Beth on

this looks like a wax figure holding that perfume bottle!

i love mya rudolph’s impersonation of donatella versace on SNL- it’s dead on and hilarious!!!!!!!

Summy on

The whole point of this website is to give opinions and it is human nature to talk badly about others. Julie, I’m just so sure that you have never spoken ill of anyone in your entire life. This woman does look like leatherface and she is rich as hell and doesn’t give a crap what us peon’s have to say so take your goody goody goodness me elsewhere!

Julie on

I never said anyone wasn’t entitled to an opinion. But wait, am I not entitled to my own?

And I wouldn’t call it “grown up” to call strangers names over the internet. Just the opposite, actually.

Julie on

Summy, it’s not that I haven’t spoken badly of someone before. It’s just that I try not to. You’re right that I’m trying to overcome human nature — it’s actually part of my religion. But even if it isn’t part of yours, I think most people try not to be mean in their daily lives.

Some comments are just snarky, but I think the venom that girls sometimes spew about other girls is heartless. And if it’s okay for someone to call a stranger “leatherface,” it’s okay for me to say that I think that’s pretty mean.

Also, enigma, thanks, but I’m pretty relaxed. Just not okay with some things, and willing to put in my opinion about it.

Tiffany on

Why would I want to smell of cigarettes and vodka? YUCK!

enigma on

Hey Julie,

I think it’s a very commendable act, not to be mean on a daily basis, tough at times for some people but, trying never hurts. I, myself, practice no religion, I believe in connecting the good/positive/inspiring energy of the universe.

Well, I try to be a good, encouraging, positive person in my daily life and here in “off the rack” and yet, I try as well to see things from every perspective with equal respect because it gives me a greater understanding of how things actually are.

So, basically, I am glad for your posting, because it’s a different perspective. Plus, I am sure you are a very relaxed individual too, excuse me for stressing it so much in my last posting to you!!

Laters and Cheers!

claudia on

NO, I will not spend my hard earn cash on any of her products, and to be honest the lady is just ugly.

Poetry on

The moon is gone.

She fled as dawn approached.

Dawn as a slowly opening eye.

White sea birds skimming over the water,

looking for an early morning snack.

The mirror brightens.

From a blood moon at dawn to a mirror

reflecting waking life…


I woke her to take the moon.

Her campaign was swift and terrible.

Metallic and fierce.

Glaring up in the twilight.

But the moon was both implacable and unreachable

and in the end the war against the moon failed.

As dawn rose slowly from her bed, the moon slipped away.

But in the end, all that was lost,

was a little sleep….


1 June 2007

Burning Moon

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Blood Moon

smoked Moon

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