Details: A lot of men wear their hair with a lot of product so it sticks up.
DV: This is awful. I don’t agree with that. Stop doing that. Good haircuts are very important. I like always clean skin. I don’t know why men think they look good with a beard.

Details: Do you think a man needs to be really slim to be sexy?
DV: It makes you look good to be not too heavy, but perfection is not sexy.

Details: How do you feel about whether men should wear jewelry?
DV: I think it looks good on rappers.

Details: What about flip-flops? A lot of men in the summer wear open-toed shoes or flip-flops.
DV: I like that. If they take care of their feet, of course. Only if they have a pedicure.

Details: Do you think it’s okay for a man to have a pedicure?
DV: Yeah, absolutely. It’s great for them.

Details: I think a lot of guys feel like there’s some kind of stigma to going out and getting a pedicure.
DV: American guys, maybe.

Details: Should men wax?
DV: No.

Details: You’re a mom—your son Daniel is a young man now. Has he started dating yet?
DV: Yes. He’s so charming—all the girls are after him. Because he’s so well-behaved, all the girls want to be in a relationship. But he’s not ready. He’s talking to me about this: “I don’t want to have a fiancée, I’m only 15. I just want them around me.”

Details: He should play around for the next 15 years. Let me ask you about some changes that have happened at Versace. You’ve really taken the house in a different direction. Were you trying to appeal to more men?
DV: I tried to represent them in a way that I like, from the point of view of a woman. I’m a sucker for the new man. I love the heritage, the glamour, of Versace men, but times are changing, and you have to update your style. Nothing’s the same in the world as eight years ago, five years ago.

Details: I recently came across an interview I did with Gianni a long time ago, and it brought back fond memories, because we had talked about being gentlemen. Do you ever look back for inspiration at collections you did with Gianni?
DV: Yes, I do. Just for memories. I’m so lucky—those kinds of clothes were unbelievable.

Details: Do you ever think to yourself, “You know what—I’m getting tired of doing this”?
DV: Not at all. Especially not now.

Details: How much input did you have? Did you and Gianni ever disagree?
DV: Oh, yeah. He wanted me to disagree—that’s what I was there for. I was the only person to say no to Gianni.

Details: When you’re on vacation or traveling, can you go out, or do you always have to be somewhat protected? You have such a distinctive look.
DV: I’m very recognizable, and sometimes you don’t want everybody around you. But I’m not acting like a victim, because I’m also the face of everything Versace.