Versace Lover's Designs

The partner of murdered Italian fashion king Gianni Versace launched his own career as a designer in Milan on Monday with a collection dedicated to his former lover. Elton John whooped and applauded as Antonio d’Amico made his debut during Men’s Fashion Week, presenting his first men’s and women’s lines in a leather-dominated collection modeled by close friends. “This is all for Gianni. I dedicate this collection to him,” the handsome d’Amico, 40, said after the show. “Gianni would have been tough with me if he’d been here and probably said I could have done better, but he was strict like that.”

  • D’Amico first met Versace at Milan’s opera house La Scala in 1982 and was soon hired by the Italian fashion guru. A year later they became lovers and remained companions for almost 14 years until Versace’s death in 1997.
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