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"To be honest, we didn't know each other very well - being so absorbed in our work. Even if we would have never admitted that, we were curious about each other and at the end of each show we used to ask: 'What did Versace do?' and 'What did Armani do?'" ." 
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Gianni Versace and Girogio Armani existed in a state of near symbiosis. Each provided copacetic care and sustenance for the other.
The vanguard designer - known for his innovative use of plastic, metal and leather in his lines - was murdered in 1997. The Versace legacy, now lead by fashion lodestar Donatella Versace, has since continued to revolutionise the realm of fashion, but many still mourn the death of this fabled couturier.
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Over 15 years after his death, Gianni Versace: La Biografia (penned by journalist Tony de Corcia) has been reissued and now retold with Giorgio Armani writing the preface of the epistolary biography of his infamous rival.
"Fifteen years after his death, what I remember of Gianni Versace? His incredible exuberance, a sense of happiness that mixes everything - ideas, trends, memories, art - with a sort of nonchalant vitality..."
Giorgio Armani references numerous moments of the twos kinship, from how they were constantly compared throughout their careers to their distinct rivalry that came to fruition on the 70's and 80's.
"He was a great creator." he writes.
Gianni Versace: La Biografia, by journalist Tony de Corcia, will be in stores Thursday November 22.