It’s hard to believe that Sean John Fashion has already been around for two decades, but the mark it’s had on hip hop has been undeniable. Sean John’s new collaboration- certainly puts the brand in a league of it’s own. Basquiat & Sean John was unveiled in the trendy Agora Gallery in the heart of New York City. But the feeling once inside, was nostalgic to the tremendous influence of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work. Each design in the new collaboration stays true to the artist’s vibrant colors and intricate details.

This was more than a Fashion Week presentation, it was an art experience from the moment you walked in. The walls were covered with an explosion of Basquiat’s art- and fused with designs from the new line. Quotes on the wall of some of the biggest names in hip-hop—like Jay-Z and Rick Ross referencing the Brooklyn born artist in their music seemed fitting for the estate’s collaboration with Sean John, a brand synonymous with hip-hop.

You’ll notice nods to some of the most iconic images of Basquiat—from the dinosaur—to the crown—on every piece. A refreshing and timeless partnership unlike one we’ve seen from Sean John in the past. Basquiat was bold, unapologetic, turned heads with his paintings. That’s the immediate feeling you got seeing the colorful images re-imagined from their original canvas home—to the threads and denim of the new collaboration.

The Basquiat x Sean John collaboration was released at select Macy’s stores nationwide.

Story By Lionel Moise former Men’s Style Editor at HSM Magazine, is a 2 time Emmy winning news anchor, MBA, entrepreneur, SAG AFTRA member and model.

    5 replies to "When Fashion and Art Collide: Basquiat & Sean John"

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    • HSM Crew Jeateaday

      Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo Neo expressionism works awesome on fashion runways… Baquiat successfully crossed over from his “downtown” origins to the international art gallery circuit…this should crossover well.

    • HSM Crew Jeateaday

      Very nice! to the point and versatile content…wish there more Basquiat themed editorials though.

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