Versace Enters the World of Superheros with Kuba Ka

Kuba Ka In His 2013 Hit Song “Stop Feenin”


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Superheroes have been a part of our culture since the 1930’s and 1940’s when Superman first came on the scene to fight for justice in serialized stories in the form of comic books. Other well known superheroes include Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Wolverine, all fighting for good against evil in fantasy worlds.

However, there has never been a real life Pop Super Hero… until now. Leave it to Donatella Versace, Creative Director of her eponymous fashion empire, to team up with Polish performer, actor, model and musician Kuba Ka to tread into new territory to create the first ever Pop Super Hero. Donatella and Kuba Ka already had a relationship because they worked together to design performance outfits for his dynamic shows. Donatella thought Kuba Ka a great candidate with his larger-than-life personality to enter into this new territory.

Kuba Ka is best known for his 2013 breakout hit song “Stop Feenin” and has collaborated with the best in the industry, including Flavor Fav and Frank Dileo, who was Michael Jackson’s manager for many years. In fact, Jackson also teamed up with Gianni Versace when he was alive to create costumes for his History World Tour in 1996.

Award Winning Artist Kuba Ka Michael Jackson Wearing Versace
Award Winning Artist Kuba Ka Michael Jackson Wearing Versace
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The Versace Kuba Ka collaboration is set to go into action when Kuba Ka releases his first album in the United States. Versace revealed the design of the Kuba Ka Superhero costume at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills to a tittering audience of entertainment execs and fans.

In black and gold, the costume is composed of black alligator leather with gold plated metal trimmings with the iconic Versace Medusa worked into the design on the front armor chest plate and back. Using Kuba Ka’s impressive abs, the costume incorporates Baroque print abs based on a sculpture of Kuba’s abs. This bespoke costume was so complex it took five months to produce and is the most expensive costume to be worn by a Pop artist to date.

Versace Costume
Versace Costume
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The choice of Kuba as the first real Pop Superhero isn’t random. Just like comic book superheroes, Kuba has fought for justice through organizing charity events for animals and people and also set up “Kuba Ka Army of Lights”, his own humanitarian organization. Fittingly, Kuba Ka’s superhero will meld with his real life personality to be a musically inclined comic book hero.

Although Versace has dressed many performers with tour outfits, such as Tupac, Axl Rose, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, the couture house is taking collaboration a step further to create a new genre. The results are sure to be a groundbreaking spectacle of success.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

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Donatella Versace’s Presence Adds Dash to 2014 Met Gala

Donatella Versace by Met Gala 2014


by Meehna Goldsmith  

The Met celebrated the opening of The Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City with the ceremony taking place in the Temple of Dendur. Often called the Academy Awards of the east coast, the Gala, also know as the Met Ball, gave guests a preview of the exciting new show “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”

Anna WintourSince Wintour was named co-chair of the Gala in 1995, the guest list has been a sparkling who’s who of fashion luminaries and stars deemed fashionable enough to make the cut. Of course at the top of the list was Donatella Versace. Wintour called for a strict white tie policy, even more formal attire than black tie and worn on such occasions as state dinners, evening weddings and formal balls. For women, the dress code usually entails a ball gown.

Arriving on the red carpet in a stunning strapless green sparkly gown with a train, Donatella, Creative Director of Versace, personally put on display her flair for design in one of her own Versace dresses.

Donatella Versace in Elegant Green Ball Gown
Donatella Versace in Elegant Green Ball Gown at 2014 Met Gala
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The name Charles James might draw a big blank for most and they will wonder why there’s a show dedicated to him. To the fashion initiated, James is an important part of fashion history as America’s first couturier. Whether or not his name is recognizable, his designs certainly are. For example, Cecil Beaton featured his work in his classic black-and-white photographs. It’s also said that Dior attributed his revolutionary new look to a James idea.

At last year’s Met Ball the dress code’s thematic went more punk. Because of the more classic and retro subject of the exhibit, it was forecast that dress styles would reflect James’s spirit. And, indeed they did, with Donatella exemplifying the fashion forward sophistication and class that is quintessentially Versace.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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The Notorious B.I.G. Loved Donatella Versace

The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls Wears Versace Shirt and Sunglasses


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Versace is a huge powerhouse of a fashion brand, headed up by Creative Director Donatella Versace. After her brother and founder of the company Gianni Versace died, she took over the reigns. This month Complex Style reprinted an enlightening interview between actress, singer, songwriter and rapper Nicki Minaj and Donatella Versace in Interview Magazine in December 2011. Minaj asks some hard-hitting questions and Donatella answers very candidly.

Gianni Versace’s death was a huge blow to the family and Donatella admitted that she was totally destroyed but had to be strong, not only for her children, but also for the company and the people working for it. She credits her brother with teaching her to be bold, sensual and fearless. In homage to him and his legacy, she had to at least try to go on.

Donatella Versace Interviewed by Nicki Minaj
Donatella Versace Interviewed by Nicki Minaj
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Versace was one of the first brands to embrace hip-hop in the 1990’s and still incorporates elements of that music world into its products, especially clothing. When Nicki Minaj pointed out that American rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls, gave a boost to the company, because he used to talk about Versace in a lot of his songs — and even wore their clothes in his videos — Donatella said that he was definitely one of the reasons the public became more aware of the brand. She remembers seeing him at her shows in Paris. She had such a respect for his intellect and mind.

In 2011, during the time when this interview took place, Versace clothing had started to take off again—partially thanks again to the rap music industry. Rick Ross and Drake started wearing Versace’s trademark gaudy silk shirts and even Minaj made Versace her designer of choice.

Rick Ross In Versace Drake Wears Versace Silk Shirt
Rick Ross Wears Versace From Head to Toe Drake Wears Versace Silk Shirt
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About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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Donatella Versace’s Fashion Designer Niece Expecting a Child

Francesca and Donatella Versace


by Meehna Goldsmith  

There’s going to be a new addition to the Versace clan. Francesca Versace (32), niece to Donatella Versace, the glamorous Creative Director of the eponymous brand, and Brazilian actor and model Christopher Meireles Leoni (29) are expecting their first child.

Though Francesca has chosen to fly below the radar, she is following in her famous family’s footsteps. She is a designer in her own right, graduating with a degree in Fashion Design and Marketing from Central Saint Martins in 2006. Raised in Milan but now making London her home, Francesca is working on launching her own line in the travel wear space. She’s been noted for her style, opening up her closet for a month to Vogue in the section “Today I’m Wearing” in 2011.

Mom-to-Be Francesca Versace
Looking Fabulous on a Night Out
Francesca Versace Poses With
Boyfriend Christopher Meireles Leoni
Pregnant Francesca Versace Looking Fabulous on a Night Out Francesca With Boyfriend Christopher Meireles Leoni
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Since she was a child, Francesca has been attending fashion shows and has full access to the Versace archives. For her design sense, she gives a lot of credit to Donatella, “Aunt Donnie”, as an important inspiration. But not only is “Aunt Donnie” an influence in fashion but also in the way she lives her life. According to Francesca, Donatella is quite funny, which most people sometimes don’t realize. Francesca feels lucky to have both her aunt’s wonderful sense of humor and light heart.

Currently, Francesca is enjoying her pregnancy and staying in shape with yoga and swimming. Of course, everyone wants to know what this young scion is wearing while she’s pregnant. Francesca says she’s favoring long V-neck tunics, oversized white shirts, Adriano Goldschmied jeans, Osman floral embroidered tops and Peter Pilotto’s high-waisted print dresses. Although her attire has changed with the little one on the way, the one thing she refuses to part with are her high heels, though she concedes they’re now mid-heel versions, revealing Nicholas Kirkwood as one of the designers she’s favored.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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Donatella Designs ‘Versace Loves Brazil’ World Cup 2014 Shirt

Brazil's Soccer Team


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Gianni Versace knew his sister Donatella had the chops and instincts to be a great designer when he invited her to join him at his eponymous company. He had so much faith in her that he gifted her the Versus category, a more affordable extension of the haute couture lines which she turned into a resounding success. After Gianni’s untimely death Donatella took over as Creative Director of the company and she’s been rocking it ever since, expanding the luxury brand into areas such as watches, hotels, home goods and accessories. Versace products are coveted worldwide.

Never one to back away from a challenge, Donatella has thrown her hat in the ring with other brands, designing a shirt in honor of the 2014 World Cup, which is an international football (known as soccer in the United States) association competition that was established in 1930 and awards the prestigious Cup every four years. The Cup is one of the most viewed sporting events with over 700 million people estimated to watch the final match.

Named ‘Versace Loves Brazil’, the World Cup t-shirt designed by Donatella features classic Versace style with a Brazilian flair. Of course the iconic Medusa head is incorporated into the design as the centerpiece of the shirt surrounded by silhouettes of footballers, footballs and flowers. Distinctly baroque, the print uses Brazilian carnival colors that include hot pinks and vivid oranges. In addition to the iconic Medusa head, Versace is also known for gold chains and leopard prints, which all make an appearance in the design.

‘Versace Loves Brazil’ T-Shirt
'Versace Loves Brazil' T-Shirt
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No matter what the occasion, Donatella Versace knows how to capture the spirit in the Versace vein. This shirt for the 2014 World Cup is no exception and exemplifies her great talent. It will be a hit for both Versace and World Cup fans.

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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Donatella Versace Goes Home With Her New Collection

New Versace Milano Via Gesù Sofa


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Donatella VersaceDonatella first started to expand the Versace brand when her brother Gianni, the founder of the company, gave her the gift of creating the Versus collection in 1989, a fusion line that she gave a rock-chic style. A fusion line is a less expensive version of the brand that still contains all the inherent DNA and desirability of the haute end items. Take, for example, that J.Lo wore a dress from the Versus collection for her comeback new single in the music video “I Luh Ya Papi”. Other celebrities such as Miranda Cosgrave and Leighton Meester have also swathed themselves in Versus Versace. In addition, the Versus collection hangs alongside the signature collection in retail locations.

Donatella, as Creative Director of the company, has continued to add categories to the Versace name, such as perfumes, hotels, jewelry and watches. Another extension is a Home Collection, and Versace has just released a new one called Via Gesù that models itself on the Palazzo, considered the It-bag, and debuted at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Palazzo Versace Dining Chair Versace Dining Chair With Medusa
Palazzo Versace Dining Chair Versace Dining Chair With Medusa
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Donatella likes to stir things up, especially in her collections and that’s why they’re so popular, exuding a fearless and bold style. The Via Gesù Home Collection is equally provocative with sensuality as a major theme. For example, a baroque jacquard-upholstered sofa is called the Sextional, comprised of cushy cubes wrapped in colorful Versace baroque jacquards.

Of course, the characteristic symbols of Versace, the Medusa and the Greek Key, abound in the offerings in Via Gesù. Other pieces in the collection include a sofa with a Versace V sloping from the arms that contain secret drawers and have a Medusa head at the base; a dining table whose wooden legs remind of the architecture of the Via Gesù palace, highlighted by a new textile collection with neoclassical images alongside a view of the Palazzo Versace courtyard; the Duyal armchair and sofa decorated with African animals; and, the Zarrin armchair and sofa in leather reminiscent of a desert sunset.

Versace Sofa With Sloping Versace V
Versace Sofa With Sloping Versace V

About Versace Timepieces

Versace WatchesVersace has long been known as a leader in the world of glamour and fashion. The evolution of the Versace style has demonstrated a perfect balance between the classical and modern. In every Versace watch creation is a commitment to the finest quality and a reflection of a long manufacturing tradition. This is demonstrated by the Greek key and Medusa logo, unmistakable design details that confer a distinctive signature and represent a definitive expression of the glamorous style of the Maison. The Italian style of the watches combined with the “Swiss Made” precision and innovation are parts of what makes the watches what they are.

Today the Versace brand is widely recognized as a leader in the world of luxury and renowned for its classic elegance. Timepiece collections range from $795 to $22,000 retail.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Timepieces. Contact us by email or at 845-425-9882.

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