Naomi Osaka launches anime-inspired face masks

Naomi Osaka has launched a capsule collection of anime face masks.The tennis ace, along with her sister Mari, teamed up with UNICEF Japan to donate all the profits from the face masks to programs that support disadvantaged young people in Japan. The 22…

Naomi Osaka has launched a capsule collection of anime face masks.

The tennis ace, along with her sister Mari, teamed up with UNICEF Japan to donate all the profits from the face masks to programs that support disadvantaged young people in Japan.

The 22-year-old worked on the anime-inspired masks from her home in Los Angeles, with her sister helping with the design process while self-isolating in Florida, and Mari confessed that her Grand Slam-winning sibling was the brains behind the initiative.

“The idea came from Naomi at the beginning. I just kind of helped her with the design,” she told U.S. Vogue, noting that she and Naomi were keen to help stop the spread of Covid-19 by using their love of fashion.

“I was seeing everyone in the U.S. wearing the same medical mask, and I remember in Japan even before this whole situation happened, everyone was wearing masks and they were quite fashionable,” Naomi explained. “So I wanted to release a mask that wasn’t just for protection, but could also be used as a fashion statement.”

They decided to partner with UNICEF Japan on the face mask, that features a pair of cartoon animal eyes, and the siblings hope that the cute design encourages more people to wear the potentially life-saving masks.

“Why wouldn’t you want a little animal on your thing so people can really understand how cute you truly are inside?” Naomi quipped.

The Naomi and Mari Osaka x UNICEF face mask, priced at $10 (£8), is available from the tennis star’s website, naomiosaka.com.

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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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Tennis star Naomi Osaka fronts Nike x Sacai collection

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been tapped to front a new collaboration between Nike and Japanese luxury brand Sacai. The 21-year-old sportswoman represents her birthplace Japan when she competes, even though she has lived in the U.S. since she was three…

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been tapped to front a new collaboration between Nike and Japanese luxury brand Sacai.

The 21-year-old sportswoman represents her birthplace Japan when she competes, even though she has lived in the U.S. since she was three years old, so she was the perfect person to be the face of a collaboration between American sportswear giant Nike and luxury Japanese brand Sacai.

“This collaboration was a special one because it was the perfect marriage of elevated Japanese fashion with the practical needs of my life as an athlete,” Osaka told Vogue.com.au. “It makes me feel edgy and confident, but in an understated way. The collection is just really cool and different from anything else you see in sportswear right now… Kind of futuristic, but also really wearable streetwear.”

Comprised of 11 pieces, the Nike X Sacai collection features apparel and sneakers and is available from the beginning of September. In a campaign image, Osaka wears a purple jacket over the top of a sports bra and running leggings.

The women’s world number one also explained how her style fits into both cultures, adding, “When I’m not on the court, I tend to gravitate towards pieces that are super unique and funky – it’s too tame for Japan, but too wild for America.”

The campaign comes months after Osaka left Adidas and signed an endorsement deal with Nike to wear their branded clothes on the court.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” she said at the time. “Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka named as ambassador for bareMinerals

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been named as bareMinerals’ new brand ambassador.Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Osaka has lived in the U.S. since she was a child and is now considered to be one of the sport’s most exciting talents…

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been named as bareMinerals’ new brand ambassador.

Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Osaka has lived in the U.S. since she was a child and is now considered to be one of the sport’s most exciting talents.

Now, Naomi has been tapped by bosses at clean beauty company bareMinerals as a Power of Good Ambassador and will serve as the face of BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation.

“To me, The Power of Good means being the best version of yourself without sacrificing integrity or putting others down,” she said in a statement. “With bareMinerals’ BAREPRO Foundation, I don’t have to compromise clean beauty and natural-looking results for performance. These formulas keep up with my active lifestyle and never fail to deliver.”

For the BAREPRO campaign, Naomi was photographed by Zoey Grossman in Los Angeles, California. Her beauty look was created by bareMinerals’ global make-up artist, Nikki DeRoest, with the snaps showing her posing in a dress and with her tennis kit.

“We chose Naomi not only because of her extraordinary athletic abilities and unmistakable passion for her craft, but also for the confidence, poise and perseverance she demonstrates on and off the court,” said president of bareMinerals, Jill Scalamandre, of the 21-year-old. “She is a remarkable person, and I am thrilled to welcome her to the bareMinerals family.”

Naomi, who is the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion, follows in the footsteps of other celebrity bareMinerals ambassadors, such as Hailey Bieber, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Letitia Wright.

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