COACH introduces Coach X Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection Starring Basquiat's Family alongside Jennifer Lopez & Michael B. Jordan

Coach has introduced the Coach x Jean-Michel Basquiat collection with a global campaign starring faces of the house Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan, Jeremy Lin and Yang Zi, as well as beauty entrepreneur and Basquiat’s niece, Jessica Kelly, and other members of the extended Coach family. The collection, which debuted on the runway last February as part of Coach’s Fall 2020 collection, introduces Basquiat’s artwork and values to a new generation through the lens of family, those we’re born into and those we choose.

The campaign was created in collaboration with photographer Micaiah Carter and a global collective of creatives including Paloma Elsesser, Jon Batiste, Kyemah McEntyre, Diana Gordon, and photographers Fan Xin and Zhang Meng.

It tells the story of creative families united by shared beliefs and purpose to spotlight Basquiat’s vision of bold expression, activism through art, and his desire, as he once said, to “be part of the family of artists.”

“Basquiat is one of my heroes,” said Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers. “He embodied the creative, inclusive spirit of New York and was a force for change in his community. I am proud to celebrate his work and values and help bring them to a new generation. I’m also incredibly grateful for the support and trust given to me by Basquiat’s family, and would like to thank them for their help in creating this collection and campaign.”

“We really love this collection from Coach,” said Jeanine Basquiat, sister of Basquiat, on behalf of the artist’s family. “They did a great job in capturing the spirit and energy of Jean-Michel’s work and putting together a perfect group of creative talent to bring this to life. We’ve always been fans of Coach, so this is a dream project for us.”

To celebrate the campaign, Coach introduced a series of short social-first films in which the cast discuss the importance of family, art and Basquiat’s legacy, inviting community members to join the conversation.

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FENDI Presents FENDI Renaissance in Tokyo with Anima Mundi

Rome’s luxury Maison FENDI presented a new streaming event FENDI Renaissance – Anima Mundi, in collaboration with the Tokyo University of the Arts, the highest seat of arts studies in Japan.

The third music performance worldwide, after Rome and Shanghai, features the students of the Tokyo University of the Arts Rio Arai, a violinist, and Kohei Ueno a saxophonist, playing the Finale of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture. Anima Mundi represents the unifying principle from which each organism takes shape, articulating and differentiating itself through its individual specifications, to then unify under a Universal Soul.
The two musicians were both dressed in two different looks from the FENDI Prefall 2020 Collection.

Following his fearless journey in both spirit and style, switching up from the sharp contours of
The streaming event takes place at the Shibuya Sky, an observation area located 230 meters above the skyline of Shibuya, providing a panoramic view over Tokyo, and also at GINZA SIX Garden – the rooftop garden, located in GINZA SIX, a symbolic representation of a natural environment in the heart of a metropolis.

The initial idea is derived from the strong desire to deliver to the community a positive message of “rebirth through art, fashion and music” after the coronavirus worldwide pandemic. The performance is a symbol of ‘hope for the future’, a common prayer of all of us.

Like many of Rossini’s compositions with nearly visible effects of joy and thrill, the William Tell Overture leads the listener to climactic emotional heights and excitement. The collaboration between FENDI and the Tokyo University of the Arts, is an ode to the expression of aesthetics and creativity at the highest level.

Since the exhibition “FENDI – Un Art Autre: Another Kind of Art, Creation and Innovation in Craftsmanship” held at the University Art Museum in 2013, FENDI has continuously supported the Tokyo University of the Arts and reinforces this bond today.

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VENROY launches new 'TRACK' fashion range

While fitting for the climate, TRACK is a natural extension for VENROY, speaking to a leisure-way of life. TRACK is designed to be worn with ease amongst other pieces of your casual wardrobe.

Inspired by the ‘dad’ jumper, the sets appear in three colourways; oat, olive and black with both long and short pant variations as we transition to warmer weather. The front zip is versatile as a wide-open collar or as a high neck to avoid a chill. Made in a 380-gram loop back cotton terry, the fabric is purposefully selected given its transeasonal weight, durability and cosy texture.

An oversized fit, TRACK can be worn as a full set or worked back with other garments and textures. A new, mid-weight cotton jersey t-shirt has been designed as is the perfect pairing for warmer weather. TRACK is consciously designed in tonal colourways with fabrics such as linen, knit and cotton all complimentary to the fleece.

A sophisticated yet casual alternative for leisurewear, TRACKS are the new VENROY essential. Pricing for the zip neck is $150, Track Pant for $140 and Short $100.

The unisex track pieces are available in VENROY stores and online at venroy.com.au.

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FASHION: AUSTRALIA'S FIRST VIRTUAL RUNWAY STRUTS OUT OF ADELAIDE

In a national first, Australian, bespoke label, ‘couture+love+madness’ has launched its new collection ‘La Mariée’ via a virtual runway.

In this strange and unprecedented time, where fashion parades and runways shows are off limits, the brand showcased its new 22-piece collection in a new way – using social media platforms such as Instagram and facebook.

The brainchild of internationally renowned designer, Cristina Tridente, this collection stays true to her mantra of bespoke pieces that all made in Australia.

Cristina found her love for fashion as a five-year-old, making outfits for Barbies.  She launched her label ‘couture+love+madness’ in 2011.

Since that time, she has dressed celebrities such as Charli XCX, The Veronicas, Dannii Minogue, Vera Blue and influencer Elle Fergusson and her collections have been showcased at international fashion weeks in USA and China.

Ms Tridente said: “With more people glued to their phones and social media it seemed logical to create a virtual runway that I could share digitally. And with restrictions on gatherings due to COVID 19, I really had no other choice but to take creativity in promoting to another level.”

“I formed a collaboration of world class creatives and engineered a way for both my brand their skills, services and products to reach an audience –  a brand new audience, larger than ever before.”

“We must move forward and reinvent the way fashion is expressed.To survive, thrive and inspire; we have imagined a runway for an intimate event that can be accessed via a phone or computer in fashion lovers own time, in any part of the world.”

The collection explores different ‘types’ of brides. modern, romantic, classical to name a few. Viewers are on a journey through the ages from sweeping ballgowns to short and playful silhouettes, appealing to a multitude of personalities.

Ms Tridente said: “I’m really excited about this new collection, for me, it embodies different personalities of past bridal clients we have worked with. I love the idea of creating something different for brides and having a variety of styles within the same collection to appeal to a broader audience”.

Set in the historic grounds of Ward Z, the former Glenside Hospital in Adelaide; viewers are invited to come along and explore a runway in a different way.

The collaborative team that Cristina pulled together includes Adelaide Fashion Festival favourites,  Meaghan Coles Photography, Studio Botanic,  event design, Mia Gambranis Creative Director, Filip With an F spinning tunes and models by Finesse Models Australia; the agency that discovered talents including Lily Nova and Akiima.

Hair and makeup was provided by the team from M&Co Style Bar, styling by Cristina Tridente and stylist Emma Riemersma with videography by Dylan Starczak.

The virtual runway video and photo gallery is now live at www.couturelovemadness.com.au

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SORAYA HENNESSY: Handcrafted Designer Bags for the Stylish and Chic

Soraya Hennessy inspired by the women who travel curiously, dress fiercely, and shop responsibly. The designer, Soraya Pena de Hennessy, set out to shed a positive light on her home country of Venezuela, and support the Wayuu artisan women.

Her mission is to share the craftsmanship of the Wayuu women with the world, ensuring that their culture is celebrated and remembered. In true artisanal spirit, the designer and her team work closely with the Wayuu women and favor the slow, handcrafted practices that foster respect for their heritage and create a positive outlook for the future.

Each bag is handwoven in the artist’s own home, and can take between 10-25 days to create depending on the complexity of the pattern.

Soraya Hennessy has been embraced by a number of retailers around the globe including, Moda Operandi, Shopbop, Bergdorf Goodman, Goop, Intermix, and Anthropologie. Additionally, her work has been featured in global fashion publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, People in Español, Marie Claire, and Grazia.

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