Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Spike Lee at the Oscars




The famous director might have worn a purple suit, with the number 24 on his lapels as a tribute to Kobe Bryant, but on his wrist is one of Rolex’s best recent releases: a rose-gold Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex recently turned the professional pilot's tool into a high-jewelry item, as with the new “Pepsi” GMT with its signature red-and-blue two-tone bezel recreated with a meteorite dial. Lee, who has been making movies for over 30 years, is wearing the black-and-brown “Root Beer” model remade entirely out of Everose gold—the version of rose gold that Rolex makes itself.

Spike Lee, who is one of the most influential and socially conscious filmmakers of his generation, also wore Kobe sneakers in honor of Kobe Bryant at the Oscars Sunday. 

Spike Lee is one of four artists, with the composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, the visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and the theater director Phyllida Lloyd, who were announced last week as the new mentors in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which pairs eminent cultural figures with emerging artists in their fields.

Spike Lee has been paired with Protégé Kyle Bell, left, the Native American filmmaker who strive to tell the stories of his people, "stories that don’t get told or whose voices are not heard" and whose work as director, director of photography and film editor has included the Heartland Emmy-winning documentary show "Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People." Kyle Bell was named a 2019 Sundance Indigenous Program Fellow.