A Glamorous Glimpse At Donatella’s Average Day

Harper’s Bazaar is really bringing it with this “…In 24 Hours” feature (last month’s issue covered the Kaiser) and I’m loving it. I mean, where else are you going to get a first-person, day-long diary straight from the pens of fashion’s biggest bold-faced names? I think one of the primary reasons they thrill me is that they tend to recall the intro scene of “American Psycho,” which I find so delightful.

The segment followed Tom Ford, then Karl Lagerfeld, and I reveled in knowing the daily routines (and, I’m not going to lie, the products) of these design icons. I was beside myself this morning to find Donatella Versace as the column’s next subject.

Lo and behold, she’s actually the most relatable of the bunch, though that really isn’t much of a task when one is comparing her to a man who regularly wears jeans with his face on them. (I can’t throw shade on Tom Ford when he openly cops to A) reading The Daily Beast, B) a weakness for doughnuts, and C) never wearing clothes in his home — a man after my own heart.) Behold, a taste of Donatella’s world (she also reads The Daily Beast!):

“8:00 A.M. I wake up at about the same time every day. I sleep well and wake without an alarm clock. I sleep in a silk nightgown from Sabbia Rosa in Paris. The first thing I do each morning is get out of bed and give my dog, Audrey, a hug. She’s a Jack Russell. I think having an animal is a wonderful thing, particularly dogs. They are great levelers, there’s no nonsense with them, and they just want simple affection.”

“9:00 P.M. If I am on my own, I might watch some TV. I only watch the news on TV. Otherwise I catch up on movies on DVD. Recently I watched The Help, The Ides of March, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I’m also a big fan of Downton Abbey.”

“10:00 P.M. I take a candlelit bath with scented oils and bath salts to unwind. Afterward I rub myself with a perfumed body cream–it feels like a wonderful indulgence and gets me in the mood for bed. I do like my bedroom: It is very Versace, full of Versace Home products, which include the sheets, pillows, and duvet. Because it’s such a welcoming environment, I might get into bed relatively early. In my nightdress! I like to read a good book in bed.”

[Harper’s Bazaar]