When it comes to what designers wear, most of them tend to have a uniform of sorts—whether it be a multitude of black tees and jeans à la Alexander Wang, or a penchant for a singular type of floral prints such as Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.
But Donatella Versace, who’s been the creative force behind Versace since her brother Gianni’s untimely death in 1997, takes her signature look to the next level in the form of body-con dresses, monochromatic pantsuits, and glitzy floor-gazing gowns. If the Milan-based designer wears all black, it’s often all in leather, or with an exaggerated gold belt or dramatically flared bell sleeves.
Given the brand’s bold aesthetic, it makes perfect sense. After all, Versace’s long-term partnership in dressing Jennifer Lopez has made history for its maximalist approach. Who could forget the insanely deep plunge of J. Lo’s tropical dress at the 2000 Grammys? All courtesy of Donatella. She also dressed the pop icon in a sheer red beaded gown for the 2015 Met Gala and wore a floor-sweeping, embroidered netted dress to match.
In honor of the designer’s 61st birthday today, click through the gallery above to see some of her best looks.