Coach has done it yet again, with the Coach X Basquiat collection; paying tribute to another artist from the ’80s – legendary New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Neo-expressionist painter best known for his primitive style paintings.

Executive creative director Stuart Vevers has done a fine job in capturing Basquiat’s character and raw energy into the collaboration for the Fall Winter 2020 collection, which featured a fresh palette portraying some of his most distinctive artworks.

The collaboration mainly features a primary colour palette and playful prints featuring Basquiat’s key motifs such as the three-point crown, cars and buildings; all in his signature scratchy brushstrokes. Some of the most notable pieces are the “Pez Dispenser” —a dinosaur wearing a crown, the “Mecca” —the empire state building, and “Untitled” —a car crash in New York. The artist’s artwork covers the oversized trench coats, t-shirts, bomber jackets and classic leather accessories, all in an array of colours paired with sneakers and flats only to portray the downtown scene of the 80s.

Of course, no outfit is ever complete without the accessories. The shaped and fun bags were the centre of attraction this season, featuring mini statement bags and totes emblazoned with unique prints and colours that elevates each outfit. Coming in fun shapes like cylinders, pyramids and circles, the avant-garde bags are truly a must-have statement piece this season for those who love to experiment and go bold.

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One of the many looks displayed during the Coach X Basquiat showcase

With Basquiat’s family in the audience, the show was indeed an iconic moment for them and his fans all over the world. “We are really impressed with Stuart’s vision and attention to the spirit of the work,” said Lisane Basquiat in the post show press release, praising the Coach X Basquiat range. Singer-songwriter Debbie Harry, was also present and paid homage to her dear friend by performing at the show clad in his artwork from head-to-toe.


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