DONATELLA VERSACE MAKES HER MARK ON RODEO DRIVE

8 FEBRUARY 2007

Donatella Versace is well-accustomed to basking in glory when she walks down the runway at the end of one of her catwalk shows, but the 51-year-old confessed to feeling rather nervous before receiving an award in Tinseltown this week. The fashion maestro received some moral support from her British friend Rupert Everett when she went along to be honoured with the Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style Award on Wednesday afternoon, however.

Standing just a few yards from one of her own Los Angeles outlets, the Italian star said she was deeply moved by the tribute, which recognises both her and her brother Gianni's achievements. "It's a great honour for me to receive this prize, especially because I'm getting it in Hollywood, which is my favourite place in the world," she said. "I miss Gianni very much. He deserves this award and I only wish he could have received it in person."

The honour comes almost a decade after her sibling, who first established the Versace label back in 1978, was killed outside his villa in Miami, leaving Donatella to take over the reins of the company.

"I was very insecure because I knew that all eyes were on me, and the recurring question that echoed in my head was people asking, 'Will she make it?'," admitted the mum-of-two. But Wednesday's unveiling makes it clear that the glamorous blonde has more than proved her fashion credentials.

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The Italian style guru said she was honoured to receive the award on behalf of both herself and her late brother. "I miss Gianni very much," she added. "He deserves this award and I only wish he could have received it in person"Photo: © AFP
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British actor Rupert Everett accompanied the Italian designer to the unveilingPhoto: © AFP
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