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Jay Critch and Emily Ratajkowski Get Sweaty in the New Kors x Ellesse Campaign

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Photos courtesy of Michael Kors x Ellesse.

Last night at Bar SixtyFive, Rockefeller Center’s rooftop haunt, crowds gathered to celebrate Michael Kors’ new collaboration with the Italian sports brand Ellesse. The new collection, a capsule of luxury separates ideal for the tennis club, arrives just in time for an all-out prep revival. We caught up with Jay Critch, the rapper and New York native who lent his musical and modeling skills to the Kors x Ellesse campaign (alongside Emily Ratajkowski), which was styled by our editor in chief Mel Ottenberg. Here, against the backdrop of a New York sunset, Critch tells us what he plans to do in his new MK x ellesse tracksuit, where to eat in Queens, and why he’s ready to take on Serena Williams.  


INTERVIEW: What’s your favorite piece from the collection?

CRITCH: I love the whole tracksuit, I’m very into this jacket and pants. 

INTERVIEW: Were you nervous showing up to set?

CRITCH: At first, but once I got into the swing of things, I was good.

INTERVIEW: Do you play tennis?

CRITCH: Nah, never. [Laughs] Only in the video games, but I’d love to play Serena in my new track suit. Shoutout Serena Williams. We got to line it up. 

INTERVIEW: Are you enjoying the party?

CRITCH: It’s a vibe. First they gave me champagne, now they’re bringing this stuff out. They’re trying to get me…I’m gonna have to slow down. 

INTERVIEW: Any after party plans tonight?

CRITCH: I’m gonna just chill, get some food. I’ll give you a restaurant recommendation: try Cipollini. It’s in Manhasset—almost Long Island, but not really. It’s Queens. 

INTERVIEW: Where are you going to wear your new track suit? 

CRITCH: To do laps around Prospect Park, for sure.