Michael B. Jordan’s debut Coach campaign drops

Michael B. Jordan’s debut campaign for Coach has finally been unveiled.In September (18), executives at the label announced that the Black Panther actor had been selected as the first-ever global brand ambassador for the company’s menswear collection, …

Michael B. Jordan’s debut campaign for Coach has finally been unveiled.

In September (18), executives at the label announced that the Black Panther actor had been selected as the first-ever global brand ambassador for the company’s menswear collection, and would also star in advertisements for footwear, accessories, and fragrance.

On Wednesday (02Jan19), the first images from the spring 2019 line dropped, with the main photo showing Michael sitting on top of a vintage car at a “faded carnival” while posing in leather trousers and a black leather jacket.

Another snap shows the 31-year-old sporting a blue leather jacket with colour coordinated trousers and boots, while a third photo depicts him leaning on a vehicle in a colourblock shearling jacket and loose-fit black trousers.

“I’m proud to be the face of Coach men’s,” he said in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of Coach for a long time and truly respect their inclusive and optimistic values.”

Meanwhile, Coach creative director Stuart Vevers praised Michael’s professionalism and deemed him to be a natural fit for the New York-based brand.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Michael over the last few years,” the designer shared. “He has been a true supporter of Coach, so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level.”

The campaign also features the new season’s hero bags, including the Signature Rivington Backpack, the Rivington Belt Bag, and the Metropolitan Carryall.

In addition, Coach bosses have also shared the first image from Michael’s new perfume campaign, with the snap showing him sitting in a vintage car while wearing jeans and a black T-shirt and clutching a brown leather jacket.

For the shoot, Michael was shot by photographer Craig McDean, while Jane How oversaw styling, Carola Gonzalez did make-up and Jove Edmond was the hairstylist.

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Stuart Vevers always looking for ways to surprise Coach customers

Stuart Vevers likes to surprise Coach customers with his collaborations.The British designer has been at the head of the New York-based fashion house since 2013, and over the last five years has joined forces with lots of different artists and brands o…

Stuart Vevers likes to surprise Coach customers with his collaborations.

The British designer has been at the head of the New York-based fashion house since 2013, and over the last five years has joined forces with lots of different artists and brands on various collections.

Most recently, he worked on lines inspired by Disney characters and late artist Keith Haring.

“They connect through me,” he told DAMAN magazine. “They are ideas that I love. Keith Haring is a hero of mine. I genuinely love Disney. I love the classic animated films and characters and the pop culture immediacy. I also love the Disney parks. With a creative collaboration I’m always looking to surprise our client and challenge myself. I think collaborations are a great way to push our boundaries and to do something new.”

On the subject of Coach’s latest menswear collection, which showed as part of a co-ed runway during New York Fashion Week in September (18), Vevers said he was inspired by the idea of a “Gothic Prairie – nature transposed to the urban”.

The collection features lots of nods to classic American Western trends, a vibe Vevers often draws on when he designs.

“I sometimes think that not being from the country where the house originated can actually be helpful,” he explained. “It means that you can explore obvious or more known references and not be too precious with them, since you didn’t grow up with them. I love the American West: The nature, the prairie landscapes, the idea of the open road. I like the juxtaposition between New York and the South West, the idea of the urban versus American utility.”

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Valentino plays with colour for debut co-ed pre-fall show in Tokyo

Valentino displayed an evolution of colour at its first-ever men’s and women’s pre-fall show.Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli chose to unveil his latest collection in Tokyo on Tuesday evening (27Nov18), having last hosted a presentation in Japan’s …

Valentino displayed an evolution of colour at its first-ever men’s and women’s pre-fall show.

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli chose to unveil his latest collection in Tokyo on Tuesday evening (27Nov18), having last hosted a presentation in Japan’s capital in 1982.

Guests included Widows actress Elizabeth Debicki and Chinese singer-songwriter Lay Zhang, who were treated to an explosion of colour and opulence by the Italian fashion house, while a four-piece string section and pianist created drama with a hypnotic soundtrack.

Against a futuristic grey backdrop, models, including 17-year-old Kaia Gerber, descended on the catwalk sticking entirely to a regal red palette.

Dark furry coats were layered over crepe pussy bow dresses, while the hue was also exuded through sheer capes, smart leather handbags, and casual lace-up brogues. The palette started to evolve through black and red floral prints, until all-black outfits became the next trend, complete with dark eyewear and streamlined hats.

Piccioli then started to incorporate white through monochrome pieces such as a creamy knitted jumper with a black crescent-style motif, before the palette shifted to a navy blue, later returning to black and coming full circle by concluding the presentation with frothy red evening gowns.

Pops of colour were implemented in the make-up, with some models flaunting icy blue matte lips or fiery red eyeliner. While the women’s wardrobe tended to stick to luxurious dresses, the menswear offering featured shirts, trousers, and jackets in casual cuts, paired with bold accessories like oversized feather hats, leather lanyards, and cool backpacks.

Later this week (ends02Dec), Kim Jones will also stage his Dior Homme pre-fall show in Tokyo, while Stuart Vevers will show his men’s and women’s Coach 1941 pre-fall collections in Shanghai, China on 8 December.

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Stuart Vevers sees American culture with a ‘Hollywood glow’

As a British designer, Stuart Vevers has the ability to see everyday American objects as exotic.The 44-year-old fashion star from Doncaster, England, heads up New York label Coach, a job he’s had for the past four years.Although not born and raised i…

As a British designer, Stuart Vevers has the ability to see everyday American objects as exotic.

The 44-year-old fashion star from Doncaster, England, heads up New York label Coach, a job he’s had for the past four years.

Although not born and raised in the U.S., Vevers says he has a sense of the all-American ideals inbuilt in him.

“I see America through a cinematic lens. I learned about it through the movies,” he shared with the London Evening Standard newspaper. “There’s always a Hollywood glow and sparkle to how I see things. There’s something about being an outsider that allows you to see every day American things as quite exotic.

“I feel like American style has taken over the world. If you think about the varsity jacket, the denim jacket, the biker jacket, the white T-shirt, the sneaker, our mission is to give these new life,” added the former Mulberry creative director.

And its New York street style Vevers calls on when designing new collections, which is why a lot of his lines have a tough, street edge to them.

He adds that he wants people to “feel a bit cooler” when wearing one of Coach’s leather jackets, and he actively avoids creating anything too formal and uptight.

“We work with a lot of techniques that have taken us a long time to develop,” he said. “Burnishing, washing, tarnishing. It’s always about seeing the beauty in imperfection. I don’t choose a material because it feels perfect, I choose it because it has a personality and an attitude.”

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Coach to go fur-free

Coach is the latest label to ditch the use of fur. Executives at the New York-based label, which is helmed by Stuart Vevers, have made the decision to join a growing list of luxury brands who have all pledged to phase out the use of fur in future coll…

Coach is the latest label to ditch the use of fur. 

Executives at the New York-based label, which is helmed by Stuart Vevers, have made the decision to join a growing list of luxury brands who have all pledged to phase out the use of fur in future collections.

Explaining the move, Coach chief executive officer Joshua Schulman stated to Business of Fashion: “We understood from our employee population and from our consumers that it was important to them that we take a stand on this issue. We’re doing it because we believe it’s the right thing to do.”

The label has set a 2019 deadline to stop using the animal product. All furs will be out, including mink, coyote, fox, and rabbit. The brand will continue to use shearling, mohair, and angora.

Schulman also pointed out that fur has never been a significant part of Coach’s business, accounting for only one per cent of the label’s offerings.

He also reaffirmed Coach’s commitment to ethical sourcing.

“For all of our materials, we take great care throughout our supply chain to prevent sourcing fibres from suppliers known for their abusive behaviours,” he said.

Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, and Burberry have also recently vowed to ditch fur, as have Michael Kors, Versace, and Furla.

Meanwhile, bosses at the British Fashion Council (BFC) decided to make London Fashion Week a fur-free event in September (18), marking the first of the major fashion weeks not to show any fur on the catwalk.

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Michael B. Jordan and Selena Gomez promote Coach charity drive

New Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan is stepping up his duties at the American fashion house.The Creed actor and fellow Coach face Selena Gomez are a central part of the label’s new charity drive, the Dream It Real initiative, which is being rolled o…

New Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan is stepping up his duties at the American fashion house.

The Creed actor and fellow Coach face Selena Gomez are a central part of the label’s new charity drive, the Dream It Real initiative, which is being rolled out to support young people and help them turn their dreams into reality.

Coach, led by Stuart Vevers, has teamed up with youth charity The Future Project, which places ‘Dream Directors’ to mentor students in high schools across the United States. The two stars will work as honorary Dream Directors throughout the year.

Coach has also donated $1.4 million (£1 million) to help The Future Project’s mission, and is launching a film to promote the launch of Dream It Real.

Uploading photos of Michael and Selena to the Coach Instagram account, brand representatives outlined the new project.

“Optimism, courage and authenticity. What The Future Project sees in their network of @dreamdirectors, we see in Coach’s #MichaelBJordan and #SelenaGomez. That’s why they’ll be joining us as honorary Dream Directors, dedicated to helping students bring passion-based projects to life. #DreamItReal #CoachNY,” one caption reads.

And speaking to Vogue, Kanya Balakrishna, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Future Project, shared her joy at the new partnership.

“Virtually every movement in history has been led by young people – and today, we need their leadership more than ever,” she stated. “We are proud to partner with Coach, a brand that is willing to stand behind the unlimited potential of a generation.”

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Selena Gomez: ‘Every woman should own a fanny pack!’

Selena Gomez is adamant that every woman should own at least one fanny pack.The superstar first collaborated with luxury brand Coach in 2017 on an accessories line and later went on to release a limited-edition collection of handbags known as the “Sele…

Selena Gomez is adamant that every woman should own at least one fanny pack.

The superstar first collaborated with luxury brand Coach in 2017 on an accessories line and later went on to release a limited-edition collection of handbags known as the “Selena Grace” designs.

Selena unveiled her second range for Coach on Tuesday (04Sep18), with the line including ready-to-wear and accessories – as well as a pale pink leather fanny pack priced at $250 (£195).

“No one wants to carry the big purses,” she told Elle.com of her decision to revamp the retro style, also known as a bum bag or belt bag. “I go to amusement parks or take walks and I love the idea that it’s right there – an iPhone, credit cards and Chapstick. That’s all that matters.”

Selena’s collection also features a range of leather handbags embellished with crystal detailing, matching purses and bag charms.

For the clothes, including a sweater with bunny rabbit motif and a pale lilac slip dress, the Wolves singer worked closely with Coach creative director Stuart Vevers to capture a pretty yet very wearable aesthetic.

“I like a bit of the bada*s side,” the 26-year-old explained. “We don’t wear heels all the time. We want to wear sneakers with our dresses.”

The Selena x Coach line also features some personal touches, with the words “Not perfect, always me” stitched in Selena’s handwriting on some designs. Items are priced from $50 – $1,150 (£40 – £895).

Regarding the collaboration, Stuart added that all the garments were designed with the star’s own wardrobe in mind.

“We’re creating things that Selena wants: ‘What would you like to wear, Selena? What colour would you like?’ It’s really fun and natural,” the New York-based designer smiled.

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Selena Gomez fronts third campaign for Coach

Selena Gomez has been tapped to front her third campaign for Coach.The actress and singer starred in her first advertisement for the label in 2017 and also released a collection of limited-edition handbags, called the Selena Grace collection. Now, Sel…

Selena Gomez has been tapped to front her third campaign for Coach.

The actress and singer starred in her first advertisement for the label in 2017 and also released a collection of limited-edition handbags, called the Selena Grace collection.

Now, Selena is promoting Coach’s Dreamer purse, with newly unveiled photos from the upcoming campaign depicting her holding the design while standing in front of a vintage car in the middle of New York.

The bag in question features the fashion house’s signature print, embroidery and leather detailing as part of a brand-new silhouette.

Fellow brand ambassadors including Japanese model and actress Kiko Mizuhara, Chinese actress Guan Xiaotong and Chinese actor Timmy Xu appear in similar images, which are intended to represent the city’s melting pot of cultures.

“I love the way that we have pushed the Coach gang further this season to be more unique, diverse and just overall cool in their attitude,” executive creative director Stuart Vevers said in an interview with WWD. “It’s how I see people here in New York enjoying wearing clothes and just feels really relevant to me.”

The campaign launches on Monday (02Jul18) via both Selena and Coach’s social media channels.

And the 25-year-old, who has acted as brand ambassador since 2016, announced earlier this year that she would also be teaming up with Coach to design a limited-edition clothing collection which will include a range of outerwear and ready-to-wear as well as handbags, small leather goods and other accessories.

“I am so excited to be working with Coach again,” the It Ain’t Me hitmaker said in a statement. “Getting to create my own collection with Stuart has been such a fun process, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have been working on over the past several months.”

The Coach x Selena range is scheduled to debut this fall.

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Stuart Vevers feared Disney may reject latest Coach collaboration

Stuart Vevers doubted whether Disney would want to showcase the darker elements of its movies in Coach’s new collection.A Dark Fairy Tale is the third collaboration between the American fashion brand and the mass media company, which this time focuses …

Stuart Vevers doubted whether Disney would want to showcase the darker elements of its movies in Coach’s new collection.

A Dark Fairy Tale is the third collaboration between the American fashion brand and the mass media company, which this time focuses on the more sinister aspects of Disney’s best-loved films: Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Though Coach’s creative director was inspired by a “dark take on a romantic feel”, he wasn’t initially convinced Disney executives would be so attracted to the concept.

“When I first approached Disney (with the idea for A Dark Fairy Tale), I wasn’t sure they would want to play up the dark side of these movies,” the 44-year-old recalled in an interview with U.S. Elle. “But they were really into the idea. The also felt it was fresh and new, and they know we’re going to approach it in a respectful and elevated way.”

Vevers admitted he is a “big Disney fan,” and this time reflected his love for the animated films by adding spooky imagery to totes, purses, hoodies and sweaters. And in order to choose the strongest aspects, he had to watch the movies plenty of times.

“It was myself and the team watching the movie over and over again, and kind of mapping the TV screen of the things that we really liked,” the British designer explained. “We started off with a much bigger selection of images, but some things really grabbed us. The eyes (from Snow White), in particular, felt really immediate.”

As well as this collaboration, Vevers has also teamed up with former Disney Channel star Selena Gomez to create a collection that will launch in September (18), which he insisted was “really fun” to work on.

“Selena is super creative in music and film – but working together is very instinctive because we come together as two creatives,” he smiled.

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Jeremy Scott and Emily Ratajkowski among Daily Front Row award winners

Jeremy Scott was crowned Creative of the Year at the 2018 Daily Front Row awards on Sunday (08Apr18).Known for his flair for colour and quirky use of cartoons at Moschino, the designer rocked a one-shoulder pinstripe suit, which left half his torso on …

Jeremy Scott was crowned Creative of the Year at the 2018 Daily Front Row awards on Sunday (08Apr18).

Known for his flair for colour and quirky use of cartoons at Moschino, the designer rocked a one-shoulder pinstripe suit, which left half his torso on display. He was joined on the red carpet at the publication’s fourth annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards by Paris Jackson and Frances Bean Cobain, the daughters of music legends Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain.

“I’m always open to inspiration,” Jeremy told Daily Front Row ahead of the awards show. “If there is ever the time that something doesn’t come instantly, I move on to the next thing. There’s a lot of cross-pollinating when I’m doing one thing that inspires me about another thing. Keeping busy is helpful to keep the machine well-oiled. I don’t do anything in particular to replenish the well, but I try to keep myself a happy, whole person. I function best from a place of happiness. That’s why I live in Los Angeles.”

Emily Ratajkowski was also honoured at the awards bash, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, taking home Model of the Year, while Stuart Vevers for Coach bagged Designer of the Year and Philipp Plein won the Fashion Rebel prize.

Stylist Jamie Mizrahi also took home a gong, winning Best Design Debut for her work at Juicy Couture.

Nicole Richie, one of Jamie’s clients, was there to cheer her on, and as well as offering Jamie her support, the 36-year-old caught up with her The Simple Life co-star Paris Hilton.

Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend, Kris Jenner and Normani Kordei were among the guests.

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