Meet the new face of Versace: 'Magnetic and mesmerising' Oscar winner Cillian Murphy

Meet the new face of Versace: 'Magnetic and mesmerising' Oscar winner Cillian Murphy

Cork-born actor Cillian Murphy has been unveiled as the newest face of Versace in an exciting fashion campaign. The 47-year-old, renowned for his portrayal of American theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, will grace the campaign, showcasing key pieces from the men's Versace Icons collection.

Set to debut globally on April 3, this marks Murphy's inaugural campaign with the esteemed Italian luxury fashion house, drawing anticipation from fashion enthusiasts worldwide.

Expressing her delight, chief creative officer Donatella Versace stated to WWD, "I am thrilled that Cillian is joining the Versace family. He is a truly exceptional actor and totally deserves his Oscar win."

The campaign launch follows Murphy's striking appearance at the 96th Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 10, where he donned a bespoke black Atelier Versace suit. This ensemble, detailed with wool tweed and contrast silk peaked lapels, garnered attention as a homage to the label's heritage.

In a recent interview with Vogue, stylist Rose Forde revealed, "We looked at a lot of '90s Versace references" while crafting Murphy's red-carpet looks during the film's press tour and award season.

Murphy's collaboration with Versace extends beyond the realm of fashion, reflecting his versatile career trajectory. Notably, he has worked closely with British-American filmmaker Christopher Nolan on acclaimed projects such as "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises," and "Dunkirk."

Additionally, Murphy's portrayal in the BBC series "Peaky Blinders" has further solidified his status as a multifaceted talent. The historical drama, set in post-World War I Birmingham, showcases Murphy's ability to immerse himself in complex characters.

Meanwhile, Versace continues to innovate within the fashion landscape, as evidenced by their recent unveiling of the 2024 autumn/winter collection during Milan Fashion Week. Solange Knowles' son, Daniel Julez Smith Jr., graced the runway, adding a touch of celebrity allure to the event.

Describing the collection's ethos, Donatella Versace emphasized a blend of rebellion and sophistication, stating, "This collection has a rebel attitude and a kind heart. The woman is a good girl with a wild soul. She is prim but sexy. Don’t mess with her! The man is her soulmate, a shy genius. They are breaking the rules to make new ones."

Furthermore, Versace enthusiasts can anticipate the incorporation of a smaller Medusa '95 logo across the brand's designs, symbolizing a modern interpretation of Versace's iconic emblem.

As Cillian Murphy embarks on his journey as the face of Versace, his collaboration with the renowned fashion house promises to be a captivating fusion of talent, style, and innovation.

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