Coach honours Jean-Michel Basquiat with fall 20 collection

Coach has paid homage to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled his latest line at the 47th Street Warehouse as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle drawing i…

Coach has paid homage to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled his latest line at the 47th Street Warehouse as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka, Zoey Deutch, Camila Morrone, Rafferty Law, and Paloma Elsesser.

To open, a series of models showed off Coach staples, such as leather skirts, trench coats, and layered, oversized outerwear. However, partway through the presentation, Vevers surprised guests by introducing sweaters and coats emblazoned with the graffiti-inspired artwork of Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 27 in 1988.

Basquiat’s sisters Lisane and Jeanine were in the audience, while his niece Jessica Kelly walked in the spectacle.

“We have always been fans of Coach. It’s such an iconic New York brand with really beautiful craftsmanship. To see this collection come together has been truly exciting. Coach has done a great job in capturing the texture, detail and energy of Jean-Michel’s work,” said Lisane. “We are really impressed with Stuart’s vision and attention to the spirit of the work.”

Other highlights included a patchwork-look faux fur coat, ’90s-inspired leather jackets with black buttons, and striped ensembles with a grunge vibe. Model Kaia Gerber stood out in a pink sweater, beige skirt, and long blue leather jacket.

And at the end of the show, Vevers unveiled another surprise – he invited Debbie Harry to take to the stage and perform Blondie songs alongside punk rock/garage band The Coathangers.

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Jennifer Lopez and Michael B. Jordan headline Coach sneaker campaign

Jennifer Lopez and Michael B. Jordan have been tapped to front Coach’s new sneaker campaign.The Hollywood stars, who both serve as brand ambassadors for the New York-based fashion and accessories company, are now headlining the marketing imagery for th…

Jennifer Lopez and Michael B. Jordan have been tapped to front Coach’s new sneaker campaign.

The Hollywood stars, who both serve as brand ambassadors for the New York-based fashion and accessories company, are now headlining the marketing imagery for the Coach CitySole line.

Shot by photographer Juergen Teller, the campaign features Jennifer and Michael showcasing the footwear designs, with the Big Apple as the backdrop.

“When you grow up in New York, sneakers are such a big part of your lifestyle because you have to pound the pavement,” the 50-year-old shared. “Coach CitySole is perfect for my lifestyle – I’m a dancer, and I’m always on the go and they’re very versatile. They can be dressed up and dressed down, and can be functional but also super fashionable.”

The range offers three sneaker styles, with the CitySole Court referencing classic basketball sneakers with a triangular toe box, the CitySole Runner drawing from the silhouettes of running shoes, and the CitySole Lowline, which is an updated take on a classic low-top.

Accordingly, Michael can’t wait to add the new designs to his collection.

“Sneakers are a wardrobe staple,” the Black Panther actor insisted. “As someone who grew up around New York and is constantly on the go, Coach CitySole’s blend of fashion and comfort is the right balance for an everyday sneaker-wearer like me.”

Coach’s CitySole sneakers are now available to purchase.

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Jamie Foxx: ‘Just Mercy struck a personal chord’

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him. In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row fo…

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him.

In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row for six years, until lawyer Bryan Stevenson, played by Michael B. Jordan, took on his case and appealed the conviction.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Foxx explained that he was honoured to shine a light on McMillian’s story and all those who have been unjustly incarcerated, such as his own father.

“When Michael called me, I was humbled and honoured to be part of the project, but it is personal because they put my father in jail for seven years for having $25 of illegal substances,” he shared. “He was an educator of kids in the inner city and he taught me everything I know. I couldn’t visit him in jail because I saw him as a king, but I wrote to him to say, ‘Things have gotten good for me and when you get out I will save your life,’ and he has been living with me for 20 years now.

“Here’s the good part – when he saw the movie, he said, ‘You tell that Michael B Jordan to keep doing what he is doing because it is so important.'”

Jordan helped produce the movie after reading Stevenson’s memoir about his work getting wrongly convicted people off death row, and Foxx heaped praise on his co-star for helping make Just Mercy, as well as starring in other films which are led by African-Americans.

“I commend Michael for making this movie. If you look at what he did with Fruitvale Station and then Black Panther to bring the narrative out for black people, I think this film completes his artistic sentence. When people watch this film, they weep and cheer because it moves your soul,” the 52-year-old gushed.

Just Mercy is in cinemas now.

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Jennifer Lopez named as new face of Coach

Jennifer Lopez has been named as the new global brand ambassador for Coach.On Tuesday, executives at the New York-based fashion and accessories label announced that the superstar has been tapped to front advertising campaigns for the leather goods, rea…

Jennifer Lopez has been named as the new global brand ambassador for Coach.

On Tuesday, executives at the New York-based fashion and accessories label announced that the superstar has been tapped to front advertising campaigns for the leather goods, ready-to-wear, and footwear categories, beginning with the spring 2020 season.

“I’m so excited for this collaboration with Coach,” said Lopez. “It is a timeless brand that I’ve always been a fan of, and the upcoming collection really speaks to my personal style – an uptown downtown mix.”

In her debut image for the company, the Hollywood star is seen posing in a trench coat and silk scarf, while also carrying a handbag with chain handle. The black-and-white snap was taken by photographer Benjamin Rosser.

And creative director Stuart Vevers is thrilled to have Lopez, a native of The Bronx borough, join the wider Coach family.

“Jennifer is so authentic. She’s determined and she’s an original who has followed her own path to do things her own way – she really embodies the attitude of Coach and our new campaign,” he praised of the 50-year-old. “I loved when Jennifer carried the Coach Signature bags in her 2002 video All I Have. She’s from New York like Coach, which creates another authentic connection with our heritage.”

Vevers also indicated that photographer Juergen Teller would be helming an upcoming photoshoot with Lopez.

The Hustlers actress follows in the footsteps of fellow Coach brand ambassadors including Selena Gomez and Michael B. Jordan.

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Coach to debut in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Coach is to be the first-ever luxury fashion house to participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.Founded in 1941, the New York-based label is known for its leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear, and accessories, with brand ambassadors…

Coach is to be the first-ever luxury fashion house to participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Founded in 1941, the New York-based label is known for its leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear, and accessories, with brand ambassadors including Selena Gomez and Michael B. Jordan.

Now, Coach is to make history by having a new float included in the annual holiday spectacle, set to take place on 28 November.

“As an iconic American brand, we are proud for Coach to be the first luxury fashion house to have a float in the 93-year history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Joshua Schulman, chief executive officer and brand president of Coach. “We can think of no better way to kick-off the holiday season than to participate in this great American tradition. This project not only underscores our important partnership with Macy’s, but also speaks to the future of the traditional wholesale business model, evolving from distribution into meaningful brand storytelling.”

Coach’s float will be themed around the company’s dinosaur mascot, Rexy. The icon was first unveiled by creative director Stuart Vevers in 2015, but will be transformed into a giant, glittering version for the upcoming event.

“Designed and constructed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, Coach’s ‘Rexy in the City’ float is a dazzling marvel of engineering, artistry, and animation that will bring a new level of whimsy to our Parade line-up this year,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “On Thanksgiving Day, Rexy, the fearless fashion dino will capture the imagination and hearts of millions as she makes her glittering way down the streets of Manhattan.”

In addition to the float, Coach is partnering with Macy’s on a limited-edition Rexy-themed collection. Items, including footwear, T-shirts, and accessories, will be available to purchase from 15 November.

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Michael B. Jordan hopes fans wear his Coach designs with ‘pride’

Michael B. Jordan is hopeful his friends and fans will be proud to wear his new Coach designs.The Creed actor was named as the New York-based label’s latest global brand ambassador in September 2018, and after starring in several campaigns, he finally …

Michael B. Jordan is hopeful his friends and fans will be proud to wear his new Coach designs.

The Creed actor was named as the New York-based label’s latest global brand ambassador in September 2018, and after starring in several campaigns, he finally dropped his debut collection on Tuesday. Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the range includes parkas, jean jackets and pullovers, all of which feature references to the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga series, and Jordan is thrilled with the final result.

“With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride,” he said in a statement. “As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart (Vevers, creative director) and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.”

Key items in the collection are infused with technical details like removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures, while some garments also contain Naruto characters and the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic.

And despite the project marking the 32-year-old’s first venture into the world of fashion design, Vevers couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic collaborator.

“Working with Mike is always a great experience,” the designer added. “He always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.”

In addition to the main marketing imagery, Jordan stars in a short film shot on a Tokyo street by Rachel Morrison, who also served as the director of photography on his film Black Panther.

The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection is now available in Coach stores and online.

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Michael B. Jordan debuts anime-inspired Coach collection

Michael B. Jordan has debuted his first anime-inspired collection with Coach.The Creed star, who serves as menswear ambassador for the American brand, worked with creative director Stuart Vevers on his first-ever clothing line, which was heavily influe…

Michael B. Jordan has debuted his first anime-inspired collection with Coach.

The Creed star, who serves as menswear ambassador for the American brand, worked with creative director Stuart Vevers on his first-ever clothing line, which was heavily influenced by the actor’s passion for Japanese manga comics and anime.

The 32-year-old wanted to incorporate Naruto, a comic that was first published in 1997 and evolved into anime in 2002, in the personal collection, and symbols and motifs from the series can be seen in many of the unisex pieces.

“Incorporating Naruto into the collection felt really authentic since it meant so much to me growing up and still does. It’s not often that I get to blend business with personal and it’s a rare coincidence when those two worlds meet up,” he told WWD.

“Anime is something that was a big piece of my childhood, my adult life, and my creativity. I think as anime starts to become more and more popular, you’ll start to see that thirst and desire for these characters that look more like the world that we live in.”

Other pieces in the debut line include a denim jacket with removable shearling collar, nylon sweatshirts and hoodies, graphic T-shirts featuring Naruto characters, a parka, accessories, and footwear.

Vevers helped Jordan bring his design dreams to life and got a crash course in the world of Japanese manga comics and anime along the way.

“I learned that Mike is incredibly passionate about anime. And I learned how the story of Naruto speaks to Mike on a deeper level. Mike gave me a full education on Naruto: the characters, the symbols, the story. And then when I was travelling in Japan, I met the Naruto team so I could understand more,” he explained.

Prices range from $95 (£77) to $2,500 (£2,000), and will be available at Coach stores and online and at a pop-up store at New York Comic Con later this week.

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Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan to reunite on Tom Clancy movie

Jamie Bell is set to reunite with Michael B. Jordan for new movie Without Remorse.The 33-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to join Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, according to Variety. If his deal is finalised, it will m…

Jamie Bell is set to reunite with Michael B. Jordan for new movie Without Remorse.

The 33-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to join Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, according to Variety. If his deal is finalised, it will mark a reunion between Bell and Jordan, who last appeared together in the critically-panned Fantastic Four reboot in 2015, alongside Miles Teller and Kate Mara.

Jordan was previously cast as operations officer John Clark, also known as John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who goes to work for the CIA. Bell would portray Robert Ritter, the deputy director of operations at the CIA who helped recruit Clark upon his return to the U.S. after his haunting mission in Vietnam.

Director Stefano Sollima is at the helm of Without Remorse, while Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is penning the script, with Jordan, Akiva Goldsman, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec serving as producers.

And in an attempt to build a film franchise around Jordan’s role as Clark, the 32-year-old will also lead the movie adaptation of Clancy’s novel Rainbow Six, with production scheduled to begin towards the end of this year.

The character has appeared in 17 of Clancy’s novels, including Clear and Present Danger.

Bell recently starred as neo-Nazi Bryon Widner in Skin and in the Elton John biopic Rocketman as the pop icon’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Jordan is currently starring in Just Mercy, alongside Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, which tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who successfully appealed his murder conviction in the 1990s with the help of lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

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Michael B. Jordan plans to quit acting and direct movies instead

Michael B. Jordan eventually wants to quit acting and direct films instead.The 32-year-old won critical acclaim for his role in The Wire back in 2002, before landing parts in other U.S. TV shows including Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. However, it…

Michael B. Jordan eventually wants to quit acting and direct films instead.

The 32-year-old won critical acclaim for his role in The Wire back in 2002, before landing parts in other U.S. TV shows including Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.

However, it was his role in Ryan Coogler’s film Fruitvale Station in 2013 that catapulted Jordan to superstardom, and the actor has gone from strength to strength ever since, starring in movies such as Fantastic Four, Creed, and Black Panther.

And he’s determined to make a lasting impression on Hollywood and plans on turning his hand to making movies.

“I see a world where I’m just directing,” he told Time magazine in a new interview. “Or maybe doing a movie once every two or three years.

“How you make the most impact is: become the biggest. Build your brand so it’s global, so you can attack global issues. Every move matters.”

Next up for Jordan is Just Mercy, starring Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, which tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who successfully appealed his murder conviction in the 1990s with the help of lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

Jordan plays the young attorney to Foxx’s McMillian in the movie, which he also co-produced, and wants audiences to be inspired to make a difference after watching the powerful film.

“I want people to feel angry, upset, passionate, sad, inspired and optimistic that you can make a difference,” he stated. “When you leave this movie, I want you to question what you think is normal.”

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Coach pays homage to artist Richard Bernstein with spring 2020 line

Coach creative director Stuart Vevers has paid homage to late artist Richard Bernstein with his spring 2020 collection.For the new season, Vevers and his team have partnered with the estate of Bernstein, who was the artist behind Interview magazine’s d…

Coach creative director Stuart Vevers has paid homage to late artist Richard Bernstein with his spring 2020 collection.

For the new season, Vevers and his team have partnered with the estate of Bernstein, who was the artist behind Interview magazine’s distinctive illustrated covers for almost 20 years, to use a selection of his portraits on a range of tops.

And during his spring/summer 2020 catwalk presentation as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday evening, models were seen wearing Bernstein’s portraits of Michael J. Fox, Barbra Streisand, and Rob Lowe – Vever’s idols growing up – on vest tops, T-shirts, jumpers, and a dress.

The show, which took place on the High Line, served as a nod to ’80s New York and celebrated “the electric attitude of the New Wave”. It featured 78 bags, each one brought out of the archives from one of the label’s 78 years and remastered.

“The brand’s heritage graphically subverted with vibrant colour, the electric attitude of New Wave – and today’s new New Wave,” said a Coach spokesperson. “The energetic pop illustrations of Richard Bernstein playfully juxtaposed with Coach’s strong, straightforward leather goods heritage. A purposeful synthesis of stripped-back and upbeat. This vivid, reimagined past, as dynamic as the city it’s made for.”

Vevers’s show opened with a model rocking a cherry red leather trench coat with flat black sandals, and the collection heavily featured leather designs, including red, brown and green trousers, pink and dark red skirts, black and green jackets and trench coats in a variety of hues.

The models also sported patterned shirts and a range of knitwear, including a yellow sleeveless vest with a martini glass pattern, and a green jumper featuring a large prawn motif.

The catwalk stars, which included Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, and Abby Champion mostly wore flat shoes – wide colourful sandals, high-top sneakers with a trio of straps, or pointed flat pumps.

Celebrities on the front row included Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan, Girls actress Jemima Kirke, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

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