08/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Donatella Versace On Bringing Back The '80s: 'It Was About Excess' (VIDEO)

Donatella Versace knows that fashion is about moving forward, but the Versace house can't help but keep one eye on the eighties as it evolves into the 21st century. In a recent interview, Donatella told New York Magazine's fashion director Harriet Mays Powell that the what Versace is doing today is exactly what the late Gianni did thirty years ago:

"Gianni was an icon in the eighties because Gianni was daring. And the eighties was about daring, it was about excess, it was about in-your-face fashion."

With Versace's new collection full of metallics, fabric combinations, graphics, zippers and form-fitting garments, Donatella has kept the name's identity but modernized it for today's audience.

WATCH the interview:

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