Coach 1941 Spring 2018 - Runway Review
September 12, 2017
Stuart Vevers knows his Americana. The runway -- and just about everything else -- at his spring Coach 1941 show was covered in gunmetal glitter. A nod to Judy Garland? Think again. The life-size New York alleyway at Basketball City was a nod to the grit of the late artist Keith Haring, whose foundation Vevers has collaborated with on a capsule collection. No club-kids here, however; think more pretty pastel slip dresses baring faint traces of Haring's signature squiggles.
Vevers introduced, or re-introduced, rather, a mailbox bag from the Coach archives to complement the '70s-style leather jackets and sweatshirts he showed. It featured floral hardware, cheeky slogan patches and Haring's signature love hearts. It was made for the Instagram generation, as were the shoes, which featured eye-catching trimmings.
While American heritage continued to be celebrated (note the retro patchwork pieces), most noticeable in this show was the introduction of eveningwear. The delicate satin slips played on the prairie theme Vevers so loves, layered with patchwork quilting and sun-bleached vintage floral petticoats. Perfect for the likes of Selena Gomez, complete with a moto jacket worn over her shoulders. In sum, the playful, cheery collection had lots to covet -- the glam treatment with sequins, satin, lace and metallic embroideries only served to further sweeten the pot.