New Collection at H&M Celebrates Basquiat’s Legacy with Bravado and D’Amore

Now available at H&M and select stores, a vibrant new collection merges Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic imagery with the unique stained glass motifs and expressive designs of Bravado and D’Amore. This collaboration celebrates the late artist’s enduring influence and creativity, reimagined through a contemporary lens by these innovative designers.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, an iconic figure in 20th-century art, made an extraordinary journey from street artist to world-renowned creator. His work profoundly resonates with Ev Bravado and Téla D’Amore, who were recently named semi-finalists for the 2024 LVMH Prize and finalists for the 2023 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. They see Basquiat’s story as a powerful testament to artistic self-expression and creativity.

“Ev and Téla have reinterpreted Basquiat’s iconic art in a way that feels fresh, meaningful, and exciting. They have a deep understanding and connection to Basquiat’s life, values, and art – and how it all resonates with today’s cultural climate,” said Ana Hernandez, menswear designer at H&M. “Their maximalist, ‘more is more’ approach ties seamlessly with Basquiat’s work, making this collaboration truly stand out.”

The collection includes 30 pieces ranging from tailored jackets and short-sleeve shirts to jeans, hoodies, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, corset tops, and accessories. Highlights feature a bomber jacket adorned with Basquiat’s vibrant artwork “Ass Killer” (1984) alongside embroidery of the designers’ signature arched window motif.

A black blazer showcases Basquiat’s scribbles about jazz legends Charlie Parker and Miles Davis from “Discography 1” (1984). Luxe black leather trousers reference Basquiat’s “Untitled (Ideal)” (1988) and “Untitled (World Famous)” (1983), while a distressed denim jacket and matching jeans integrate his art within the recurring window design.

“Ev and Téla have rapidly emerged as some of the most thrilling voices in fashion. We knew they would honor Jean-Michel’s vision while infusing their distinct style,” said the Basquiat estate, managed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, Jean-Michel’s sisters. “A core part of his legacy is empowering and amplifying young Black creatives. Through H&M’s global platform, we aim to inspire a new generation of artists to carry forward his creative spirit.”

This collaboration not only honors Basquiat’s artistic genius but also continues his mission of empowering new voices in the creative world, blending past and present in a collection that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking.

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