Madonna Face of Versace Spring/Summer 2015

Madonna Wears Versace Watch in Versace 2015 Spring Summer Campaign

Madonna: Real True Versace Fashion Icon

You simply can’t avoid Madonna when she decides to grace the world with her newest concern. This time it’s a fashion hook-up with a series of dramatic and stunning photos. Just released by Versace for their new Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign, Madonna’s new photo shoot is riveting.

Photographed by fashion photo royalty Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the Versace campaign reminds us why we still love Madonna. She’s an everlasting symbol of female sexual power.

When it comes to powerhouse fashion icons, Donatella Versace has been holding her own for over twenty years as chief designer and VP of the always relevant Versace Group. So it makes perfect sense that Versace has once again named Madonna the “Face of Versace’s Spring 2015 Campaign.” In discussing why she chose Madonna for the campaign, Donatella stated, “Madonna is one of the true icons of Versace.”

Versace Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign
Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign Spring/Summer 2015 Versace Campaign
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Her words were sprinkled with references to power, strength, and fearlessness. Speaking to how she directed the photo shoot, Donatella says she told Madonna to show vulnerability but also told her, “I want you like I know you…strong, determined, and fearless.”

Indeed, Mert and Marcus have captured Madonna in a rare eyes-down demure state, coyly biting her finger and looking at us from behind a lock of hair. Yet, she somehow still manages to look as powerful as ever! Perhaps it’s the bold menswear-style accessories, the powerful lines of the body-con tube top, and the stark black and white format chosen by the photographers.

Pure Madonna, Not Photoshopped

Or perhaps it’s Madonna herself, who’s perfectly lean and toned. Nothing says power like a strong body, and Madonna has taught us this for decades now. Even at 56, she seems more powerful than ever.

Madonna 2015 Grammy Performance
Madonna 2015 Grammy Performance
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Madonna looks incredible in the Versace line, which features pieces molded to the body. Some items are glammed up with glittery fabric, bold shapes, and midriff-baring styles, absolutely perfect for Madonna and her trim physique. It’s as if Madonna and Versace were made for one another.

Madonna and Versace Go Way Back

Versace is an iconic fashion line for women who can command an opulent look, dressing some of the world’s most alluring women for almost 40 years. Since Donatella took over, Madonna has served as the face of Versace at regular intervals.

Versace Fall/Winter 1995 Campaign
Fall/Winter 1995 Versace Campaign 2 Fall/Winter 1995 Versace Campaign
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Every ten years, Madonna and Versace have teamed up for a partnership featuring the Queen of Pop as the face of Versace. She lends her own iconic branding to the brand’s equally iconic look for a match made in branding heaven. It’s hard to say which name is bigger!

Power, Opulence, and Glam

Like Madonna, the quintessential look of Versace can be described as strong and sexy… sometimes even strict, with a touch of PVC here and a corset dress there. Both also share a taste for the dramatic, although always tastefully executed and fabulously trend-setting. Remember J Lo’s 2000 Grammy Awards jungle dress? The green one cut way down to there? That was Versace.

For Madonna, aligning herself with the Versace brand has always been easy and vice versa. That’s because both represent power, affluence, and classic glamour.

Versace Spring/Summer 2005 Campaign
Spring/Summer 2005 Versace Campaign Spring/Summer 2005 Versace Campaign
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The perfect pairing of the pop culture queen and the renowned fashion house might also be attributed to the decades-long friendship between Madonna and Donatella Versace. Donatella again summed it up nicely when she said, “I am thrilled to have my friend and the most powerful and directional artist as the face of Versace for Spring 2015.”

Now, it’s been three decades and four Versace modeling campaigns for Madonna: In 1995, she first modeled for her new friend in an ad campaign featuring Palm Beach-inspired rich housewife luxury, dressed in 1930’s style silk gowns, and a corset dress. Within the same year, Madonna was also featured in the Fall/Winter collection.

Versace Spring/Summer 1995 Campaign
Spring Summer 1995 Versace Campaign Spring Summer 1995 Versace Campaign
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In 2005, Madonna modeled for Versace again; this time the campaign featured opulence galore, plus Donatella’s love of the flared trouser with Madonna rocking the look. Now in 2015, we see Madonna again in Versace wearing iconic mesh.

Madonna, the True Icon of Pop

This year, Madonna reinforces her position as the Queen of Pop with several key moves, one of which is the release of her highly anticipated new album. Additionally, Madonna looked fabulous as she posed topless for Interview Magazine. The Versace campaign is simply one of several ways in which she’s establishing her dominance in a world typically ruled by younger women.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Album Cover
Madonna's Rebel Heart Album Cover
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Now that Madonna has unseated Lady Gaga as the face of Versace, there’s a power shift in the pop culture/fashion world. Fashion enthusiasts rarely mention that Madonna is twice Gaga’s age. Both Donatella and Madonna are in their 50s, making the new campaign a testament to female power at any age.

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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Criminal Minds Jennifer Love Hewitt Wears Gevril

Jennifer Love Hewitt


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Gevril WatchesGoing into its 10th season the police procedural Criminal Minds is getting a fresh face and character with Jennifer Love Hewitt joining the cast alongside Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore. Starting in October, she will be introduced to audiences playing FBI agent Kate Callahan, whose work has gotten her an invitation to the coveted Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The unit tracks the most dangerous criminal minds, studying them in attempts to stop them from wreaking terror and havoc on the public. These people are referred to as unsubs or “unknown subjects”.

Though one of the younger agents, Hewitt’s character Callahan is wise and savvy from her eight years on the force. She has a background in criminal psychology and works from the heart to make the world a safer place. In her backstory, Callahan has endured a lot of personal loss that makes her not only an ardent patriot but also a nurturing person.

Hewitt started her career out in commercials but vaulted to the public’s attention with her role on the popular television series Party of Five. She later achieved stardom on the screen with the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer. In addition to acting, Hewitt is also a writer, director and producer. This talented actress even sings. Atlantic Records and Jive Records both have signed her to their labels in the pop genre. Her most successful single thus far was the 1999 release How Do I Deal.

Actors obviously create their characters through behavior but wardrobe, including accessories, also contributes to defining a character. Callahan reveals her more feminine side by the watch she chooses to wear. Around her wrist is the Gevril Avenue of Americas Glamour model 6209NE. It makes not only practical sense for a BAU agent to wear a watch but also makes symbolic sense since time is of the essence in tracking a criminal.

Jennifer with Her Gevril Avenue of Americas Glamour 6209NE
Jennifer with Her Gevril Avenue of Americas Glamour 6209NE Gevril 6209NE Avenue of Americas Glamour
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Hewitt is very enthusiastic about her Gevril. She says, “I love this watch so much! Makes watching time fly more fun.”

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Joe Mantegna Catches Criminals with Fortis

Joe Mantegna as David Rossi on Criminal Minds


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesCriminal Minds has been a hit since debuting on CBS in September 2005, and it’s no small part due to the acting talents of Joe Mantegna. Although Mantegna joined the cast in the show’s third year, after the departure of Mandy Patinkin who played Senior Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Jason Gideon, he took over the big responsibility of being the headliner responsible for carrying a large part of the show.

Mantegna plays David Rossi, another Senior Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) voluntarily returning to the team after taking early retirement from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) for personal projects. A highly experienced profiler, he was one of the original members of the unit. During his hiatus he wrote books and did the lecture circuit discussing criminal analysis.

Criminal Minds is what’s classified as a police procedural program. What makes it different is the focus. While most, if not all, procedurals focus on solving the crime, Criminal Minds puts their attention to profiling the dangerous criminal referred to as the unsub or “unknown subject”—and these people have really twisted minds.

On the show, part of Mantegna’s wardrobe is the Fortis 648.10.12 K, from the B-42 Diver watch collection. Fortis is known for their rugged watches, and this model has the added benefit of being water resistant, so Rossi can rely on it to hold up in the field, which is crucial in his job.

Joe Mantegna With His Fortis B-42 Diver Fortis 648.10.12 K B-42 Diver
Joe Mantegna With His Fortis B-42 Diver Watch Fortis 648.10.12 K B-42 Diver
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Off the Criminal Minds set, Mantegna is a busy guy with a multi-faceted career. He works in television, film and stage, having appeared in David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he won a Tony. He’s acted in films including The Godfather Part III, Bugsy and Searching for Bobby Fischer, and he voiced characters in The Simpsons and Cars 2. But his talent doesn’t stop there, he’s also a musician who played in a band that eventually went on to form the group Chicago. By that time, Mantegna had left the band to pursue his acting career.

Fans, however, get their biggest dose of Mantegna weekly on Criminal Minds where, when he’s not profiling the bad guys, you can see he’s definitely having a ball with the crew and his co-stars on the set.

In the following video, Joe Mantegna is wearing his Fortis 635.10.11 L.01 B-42 Pilot Professional watch. “I chose this Fortis watch, because this is what a successful FBI profiler would wear,” Joe says.

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Joe and Shemar Celebrate at TCA Press Tour Party

Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore by the TCA Press Tour Party


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesIf you’re a network, producer, critic or actor in television, then the place to be is at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in July. Here the networks announce their new shows and schedules in the never-ending race to be the ratings king. During this time the press has the opportunity to interview the players, including the creators, writers and stars of the show all in one place. And with announcements come the parties.

On July 17, CBS/CW and Showtime were the hosts, where Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore came out to have some fun. The show is about a group of profilers who keep tabs on dangerous criminals in order to anticipate and stop them before they strike again.


Veteran actor Mantegna plays David Rossi, an FBI BAU Supervisory Special Agent who came out of early retirement to rejoin the BAU. Mantegna is a multi-talent who acts, writes, produces, plays music and even does voice work, most notably for The Simpsons as Fat Tony.

As usual Mantegna was a good sport with the press, answering questions and posing for pictures. He looked dapper wearing a suit with an open collar. Around his wrist was spotted a Fortis B-42 Diver watch to complement his outfit.

Mantegna mugged it up with co-star Shemar Moore in some fun pictures posing as if they were holding guns (top of page). As FBI BAU Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan on “Criminal Minds”, Moore is a black belt in judo and runs FBI self-defense classes in addition to his profiling work. Before landing the role on Criminal Minds Moore worked as a model and was a regular on The Young and the Restless .

Joe Mantegna with Co-Star Shemar Moore
Joe Mantegna with Co-Star Shemar Moore
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Like his buddy Mantegna, Moore is press friendly and had a good time at the party, posing for pictures and granting interviews. His style of dress differed from Mantegna’s. He was more street cool in a black short-sleeved shirt with a leather vest over it and a black hat. Like Mantegna, he also sported a watch, a GV2 Fiamme.

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The Amazingly Versatile Actor Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantagna as David Rossi in Criminal Minds


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Haurex WatchesJoe Mantegna might not get the pubic attention of a Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or Bradley Cooper, but the actor has got the chops and talent to compete with the best of them. He’s a true actor, not a superstar, rather someone who can disappear into a role and sometimes not be recognized and therefore he can play a range of genres from comedy to drama.

Such is Mantegna’s talent that he has been cast in the comedy Airheads as a harried shock jock and an incompetent kidnapper in Baby’s Day Out. Drawing upon his Italian heritage, he brought to life Joey Zasa, a monstrous mobster in The Godfather Part III. And yes, he sings too, playing Dean Martin in The Rat Pack on HBO, for which his was nominated for an Emmy. Many might not know that Mantegna first went in front of an audience on the stage in the 1969 production of Hair.

Mantegna in Baby’s Day Out Mantegna in The Godfather Part III
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Joe Mantegna and acclaimed playwright and screenwriter David Mamet have a long time working relationship, with Joe appearing in such productions as Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he won a Tony, the film House of Games and the TV series Homicide. Mantegna has also been tapped to work with some of the most talented directors in the business, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Barry Levinson, Steven Zaillian and Woody Allen.

Fans of The Simpsons will know him as the voice of mob boss Anthony “Fat Tony” D’Amico. Mantegna loves this role so much that he will voice the character no matter how little dialogue. He has said that it if Fat Tony sneezes, I want to be there.

Mantegna in Homicide “Fat Tony”
Mantegna in Homicide Mantegna's Character Fat Tony
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More than just an actor, Joe Mantegna possesses some other surprising talents and achievements. He’s a writer who co-wrote and played a role in the Emmy award winning play Bleacher Bums, which later went on to play at Chicago’s Organic Theater Company in Mantegna’s home state of Illinois. In addition, he’s musician. A bass player, Joe played in a band called the Apocryphals, which later joined another group called The Missing Links. And here’s the kicker: that group went on to form the well-known group Chicago, but by that time Mantegna had left the band to pursue acting full time. Mantegna still maintains relationships with his old band mates, however.

For his illustrious career, Mantegna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival in 2004.

You can now experience Mantegna’s work on the critically acclaimed television series Criminal Minds, where he plays FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi.

Joe Mantegna Wearing an Haurex 6N506UWN Turbina II Watch
Joe Mantegna Wearing an Haurex 6N506UWN Turbina II Watch
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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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