S/S 17 Influencer Show: Coach
A singular vision, strongly defined styling and a seasonless approach to Spring/Summer 2017 gave Stuart Vevers’ latest collection for Coach the sit-up-and-take-notice factor – a welcome diversion from the mediocrity that has been the stamp of much of New York Fashion Week.
It comes as no surprise that the American Dream should inspire designers in this hard-fought election year, and Vevers turned his attention to the years of Elvis in the 50s, played out against a backdrop of beaten-up vintage American cars.
The early rock and roll years were notable for the sense of rebellion they brought into play, and Vevers’ girls were good-girls-gone-bad, their biker jackets bristling with grommets, vintage bottle caps and studs, while western-style fringing morphed into sashaying, don’t-mess-with-me skirt belts.
Black denim and leather reinforced the girl-gang look, along with studded, creeper-soled boots and the Presley motif-print tees and sweats. But our bad girl had a softer side, too, with homespun-style tea dresses and their vintage rose prints, ric-rac trims, lace ruffles and ribbon ties bringing a Sunday-best feel that perfectly offset the collection’s harder-edged feel.
Vevers tapped into authentic western detailing with his rodeo panelling for suede skirts and dresses, while military inspiration came in the shape of rose-appliquéd camo-print blousons and sheer blouses. There were even lace-collaged biker jackets and heart-shaped studs for that tough-girl take on prettified styles.
And to complete the look, a host of covetable accessories, from those studded metallic boots to padlock-adorned wrist ties and mini chain-handled bags in sugar candy colours with full-on fringe trims.
NEED TO KNOW:
- Fifties Americana
- Appliquéd, studded and collaged bikers and riders
- Black denim, leather, coloured suede and rose print chiffons
- Rose appliqués, heart-shaped studs and Elvis motif prints
- Pretty tea dresses contrasted with studded fringing
- Western rodeo panelling and authentic western-style detailing.